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Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser

Language: German (Deutsch)

Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser,
Ohne Regung ruht das Meer,
Und bekümmert sieht der Schiffer
Glatte Fläche rings umher.
Keine Luft von keiner Seite!
Todesstille fürchterlich!
In der ungeheuern Weite
Reget keine Welle sich.


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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 73; with Göthe's neue Schriften. Siebenter Band. Berlin. Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1800, page 18; and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1796. Herausgegeben von Schiller. Neustrelitz, bei dem Hofbuchhändler Michaelis, page 83.

Note: The poem's title in the first edition (Schiller's Musenalmanach 1796) is "Meeresstille", from the second edition on (1800) it is "Meeres Stille".

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [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)

This text (or a part of it) is used in a work

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Windstille zee", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Deep stillness reigns on the water", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Daniel Platt) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Becalmed"
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Merentyven", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Karel Vereycken) , "Mer tranquille", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Calme de mer"
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sopra le acque regna una pace profonda", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Aleksey Nikolayevich Pleshcheyev) , "Тишь на море", first published 1844

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

Last modified: 2017-06-05 04:09:21

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Mer tranquille

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Le calme profond domine les eaux,
Sans motion la mer se repose
Et, inquiet, le marin observe
La surface lisse qui l'encercle.

Aucune brise, nulle part !
Qu'un silence mortel, effroyable !
Dans cet étendue inouïe
Aucune vague ne s'amorce.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), title 1: "Meeres Stille", title 2: "Meeresstille", first published 1795 CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FIN ITA RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ernst Bacon, Conrad Baden, Ludwig van Beethoven, Victor Emanuel Bendix, John Dawson, Wilhelm Dörr, Gottfried Emil Fischer, Adolph Martin Foerster, Carl Friedrich Johann Girschner, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Johann Friedrich Kelz, Huub de Lange, Gabriel Linsén, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Martin Roeder, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Heinrich Schenker, Franz Peter Schubert, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Erich J. Wolff. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2005-04-10 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:13

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