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Zij sluimert

Language: Dutch (Nederlands)

Zij rust in 't malsche mos, en houdt gebogen
Dien arm, dien mos en lokken beide streelen, -
Een sprei van groene schaduw, zacht bewogen,
Daalt uit de zilverloovers der abeelen;

Zij ademt zuchten, en zij lacht, als togen
Er droomen door heur ziel, die vroolijk spelen;
O, zoete hoop! Straks opent zij heure oogen,
Straks zal de hemel nieuwe heemlen telen:

Slaap zacht! Ik zie den donkren nacht genaken,
Dat gij Uw oog voor eeuwig houdt geloken, -
Dan sluimert gij, maar kunt niet meer ontwaken:

Dan zal de zode, die gij dekt, ú dekken,
Dan zal geen zonnestraal uw lippen strooken,
Geen lied van `t woud u uit dien sluimer wekken. -

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 (Rianne Stam) , title 1: "She slumbers", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:01:44
Line count: 14
Word count: 114

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She slumbers

Language: English after the Dutch (Nederlands)

She lounges on the soft moss, and holds curved
that arm, that both moss and locks caress, -
A cover of green shade, gently moving,
descends from the poplars' silvery foliage;

She breathes sighs, and laughs, as if
dreams coursed through her soul, playing cheerfully;
O, sweet hope! Soon she will open her eyes,
soon heaven will give rise to new heavens:

Sleep well! I see the dark night emerging,
when thou shalt keep thine eyes forever closed, -
Then thou shalt slumber, but canst not wake again:

Then will the turf, that thou now coverst, cover thee,
then no ray of sunlight will caress thy lips,
no song of the forest wake thee from thy slumbers. -

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  • Translation from Dutch (Nederlands) to English copyright © by Rianne Stam, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in Dutch (Nederlands) by Jacques Fabrice Herman Perk (1859 - 1881), from "Mathilde, een Sonnettenkrans in vier Boeken", XXIII.
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Alphons Diepenbrock. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:01:44
Line count: 14
Word count: 118