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Im Wasser wogt die Lilie, die blanke,...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im Wasser wogt die Lilie, die [blanke]1, hin und her!
Doch irrst du, Freund, sobald du sagst, sie schwanke hin und her!
Es wurzelt ja so fest ihr Fuß [im tiefen]2 Meeresgrund.
Ihr Haupt nur wiegt ein lieblicher Gedanke hin und her!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Lang: "schlanke"
2 Lang: "auf tiefem"

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) , title 1: "The lily undulates in the water", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , no title, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-12-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 4
Word count: 42

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The lily undulates in the water

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The lily, the slender one, undulates back and forth in the water!
Yet you are wrong, my friend, when you aver that she is tottering precariously back and forth!
For her foot is so firmly rooted in the deep seabed;
Only her head, moved by a lovely thought, rocks back and forth!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by August von Platen-Hallermünde (1796 - 1835), no title, appears in Gedichte, in Ghaselen, appears before the numbered poems FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Robert Kahn, Friedrich von Kerstorf, Josephine Lang, Elisabeth Charlotta Henrietta Ernestina Sonntag. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2006-12-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 4
Word count: 52