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Language: German (Deutsch)

Wieviel Sonnenstrahlen fielen goldenschwer, 
fielen feurig glühend in des ew'ge Meer! 
Und die Woge sog sie tief in sich hinab, 
und die Woge ward ihr wild lebendig Grab. 
Nur in stiller Nächte heilger Feierstund' 
sprühen diese Strahlen aus des Meeres Grund. 
Leuchtend roll'n die Wogen durch die dunkle Nacht 
wunderbar durchglüht sie funkensprüh'nde Pracht.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Anne Evans


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 (Maggie Evans) , title 1: "Ocean lights", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Lumière de la mer", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
Line count: 8
Word count: 54

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Ocean lights

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

How many sunbeams have fallen heavy as gold
Fallen glowing like fire into the eternal sea!
And the waves have sucked them into the depths
And the waves have become their wildly living tomb
Only in the holy twilight hour of quiet nights
These rays sparkle up from the sea's depths.
The waves roll glowing through the dark night;
Marvellously the gleaming beauty glows through them

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Note from translator: the lights are the phosphorescent lights that come off the algae on the sea surface.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Maggie Evans, (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 German (Deutsch) by Carl Siebel (1836 - 1868) FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
Line count: 8
Word count: 66