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Wie spiegelt der See in grüngoldenem...

Language: German (Deutsch)

    Wie spiegelt der See in grüngoldenem Schein!
Die Ruder, sie schaufeln im Takte;
Sie schaufeln Krystall und Edelgestein,
Und überall springen vom Felsen herein
[An]1 den Busen dem See Katarakte.

    Die Sonne, sie badet im See sich so gern,
Und wandelt die Wasser in Flammen;
Aufglänzen die Fische von nah und von fern,
Eine jede Woge hat ihren Stern,
Und stürzet beseligt zusammen.
    Hier liegt sich's so lieblich im Schiffe gestreckt,
Umgaukelt von flüchtigen Scherzen,
Von Rosen umduftet, von Mädchen geneckt; --
Singt, Holde, und wecket das Echo und weckt
Uns die alte Jugend im Herzen!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with: C. Reinhold, Gedichte, Stuttgart: Carl Mäcken, 1853, page 34

1 Lang: "Von"

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)

  • by Josephine Lang (1815 - 1880), "Seelied", op. 38[39] (Sechs Lieder) no. 6 (1861), published 1867 [voice and piano], Leipzig und Winterthur, J. Rieter-Biedermann [
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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Lake song", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-12-23.
Last modified: 2015-10-29 16:26:20
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Word count: 96

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Lake song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

    How the lake sparkles with a green-gold shimmer!
The oars dip and pull in rhythm;
They scoop up crystals and precious stones,
And everywhere from the rocks
Cataracts are plunging [against]1 the bosom of the lake.

    The sun, it bathes so gladly in the lake,
And turns the waters to flames;
From far and wide the fish sparkle,
And every wave has its own star,
And collapses ecstatically!
    It is so lovely to lie stretched out in the boat
With ephemeral jests fluttering about one -
Surrounded by the scent of roses, teased by young maidens;
Sing, lovely ones, and awaken the echo,
And awaken the youth of yore in our hearts!

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Text added to the website: 2006-12-23.
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