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Am See

Language: German (Deutsch)

Durch die Bäume rinnt der Regen,
Rinnt vom dunkeln Uferrand.
Matte Lüfte kaum bewegen
Das verwelkte Schilf am Strand.
Keine Welle mag sich wühlen
Aus dem weiten stummen Grab,
Mit der Weide Haar zu spielen,
Die sich [weinend]1 beugt hinab.
Nur wenn manchmal mit Gestöhne
Rasch ein Windstoß [frägt]2 vorbei
Nach des Sees verlorner Schöne,
Und der Nixe Melodei,--
[Schmerzlich]3 leis ein Zucken gehet
Dann den stillen See [hinauf]4,
Und des Nebels Bahrtuch wehet
Aengstlich an den Bäumen auf.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with C. Reinhold, Gedichte, Stuttgart: Carl Mäcken, 1853, page 61

1 Jenner: "thränend"
2 Jenner: "fägt [sic]"
3 Jenner: "Plötzlich"
4 Jenner: "hinab"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "At the lake", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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At the lake

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The rain trickles through the trees,
Trickles from the dark edge of the shore.
Tired breezes barely move
The wilted reeds at the shoreline.
No wave is able to emerge
From the wide, mute grave,
In order to play with the hair of the willow
That inclines itself, [weeping].1
Only when occasionally, with moaning,
A gust of wind swiftly [passes, asking]2
After the lost beauty of the lake,
And the melody of the water nymph, --
[With pain]3 a quiet tremor passes
Then [up]4 the quiet lake,
And the pall of the fog wafts
Anxiously up the trees.

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1 Jenner: "with tears"
2 Jenner: "sweeps past"
3 Jenner: "Suddenly"
4 Jenner: "down"


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