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The ship went on with solemn face

Language: English

The ship went on with solemn face;
   To meet the darkness on the deep,
      The solemn ship went onward.
I bowed down weary in the place;
   For parting tears and present sleep
      Had weighed mine eyelids downward.

The new sight, the new wondrous sight!
   The waters around me, turbulent,
      The skies, impassive o'er me,
Calm in a moonless, sunless light,
   As glorified by even the intent
      Of holding the day glory!

Love me, sweet friends, this Sabbath day.
   The sea sings round me while ye roll
      Afar the hymn, unaltered,
And kneel, where once I knelt to pray,
   And bless me deeper in your soul
      Because your voice has faltered.

And though this sabbath comes to me
   Without the stolèd minister,
      And chanting congregation,
God's Spirit shall give comfort. He
   Who brooded soft on waters drear,
      Creator on creation.

He shall assist me to look higher,
He shall assist me to look higher,
   Where keep the saints, with harp and song,
      An endless [endless]1 sabbath morning,
      An endless sabbath morning,
And, on that sea commixed with fire,
And that sea commixed with fire,
   Oft drop their eyelids raised too long
      To the full Godhead's burning.
      The full Godhead's burning.

Translation(s): CAT GER GER ITA

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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):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Sabbatmorgen auf See", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Sabbatmorgen auf See", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Mattino di sabato sul mare", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Matí de sàbat al mar", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Sabbatmorgen auf See

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Das Schiff zog fort mit ernstem Blick;
erhaben nahm das Schiff den Kurs 
ins Dunkel auf den Tiefen.
Erschöpft sank ich hin, wo ich stand,
denn Abschiedsschmerz und Schlafenswunsch 
beschwerten mir die Lider.

Welch neuer, wundersamer Blick!
Die Wasser um mich, ungestüm,
und ungerührt der Himmel
ruhig im Licht ohn’ Mond und Sonn’,
als wär er schon verklärt durch den Entschluss,
des Tages Pracht zu preisen.

Liebt, Freunde mich an diesem Tag.
Ihr schlingert fernab, wenn die See 
mir singt denselben Hymnus
und kniet, wo betend ich gekniet,
in eurer Seele segnet mich,
da euch die Stimme stockte.

Obgleich mir dieser Sabbat naht
ohne den Priester im Ornat
und singender Gemeinde,
wird Gottes Geist mich trösten. Er,
der über düstern Wassern sann,
der Schöpfer aller Schöpfung.

Er steht mir bei, dorthin zu schaun,
er steht mir bei, dorthin zu schaun,
wo Heilige mit Harf’ und Sang
den ew’gen Sabbat feiern,
den ew’gen Sabbat feiern,
auf jenes Wasserfeuermeer,
auf jenes Wasserfeuermeer,
fällt oft ihr Blick, der allzu lang
auf Gottes Licht gerichtet.

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Text added to the website: 2004-10-16.
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