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Ich lag auf dem Meer, über mir wälzte...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich lag auf dem Meer, über mir wälzte sich das Licht.
Ich sah: von einer [glänzenden Klippe
Banden]1 weißer Vögel aufschwirren.
Ich [schleuderte]2 ein Seil, sie einzufangen.
Weiße Tiere, Traum, [Fantasie]3 und Meer.
Weiße [Tiere: ewige Glanz-Wiederkehr]4.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with a reprint of the 1921 original: Alfred Mombert, Die Schöpfung, Paderborn: Salzwasser Verlag, 2015, page 125

1 Geutebrück: "fernen Klippe / Eine Bande"
2 Geutebrück: "warf"
3 Geutebrück: "Phantasie"
4 Geutebrück: " Tiere und ewig lächelnde Wiederkehr"

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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-04-29.
Last modified: 2016-11-30 10:13:12
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I lay upon the sea, above me the light...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I lay upon the sea, above me the light rolled.
I saw: from a [shining crag
Swarms]1 of birds whirr aloft.
I threw a rope to catch them.
White animals, dream, fantasy and sea.
White [animals: an eternal return of radiance]2.

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1 Geutebrück: "distant crag / A swarm"
2 Geutebrück: "animals and an eternally smiling return"


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Text added to the website: 2017-02-06.
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