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Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich weiß nicht, was [soll es]1 bedeuten
Daß ich so traurig bin;
Ein Märchen aus [alten]2 Zeiten
Das [kommt]3 mir nicht aus dem Sinn.

Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt,
Und ruhig fließt der Rhein;
[Der Gipfel des Berges]4 funkelt
Im Abendsonnenschein.

Die schönste Jungfrau sitzet
Dort oben wunderbar,
Ihr goldnes Geschmeide blitzet
Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar.

Sie kämmt es mit [goldenem]5 Kamme
Und singt ein Lied dabei;
Das hat eine wundersame
Gewaltige Melodei.

Den Schiffer im kleinen Schiffe
Ergreift es mit wildem Weh,
Er [schaut]6 nicht die Felsenriffe,
Er [schaut nur hinauf]7 in die Höh.

Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen
Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn;
Und das hat mit ihrem Singen
Die Lorelei getan.


Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE GRE HUN POR SPA

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1 Liszt: "soll's"
2 Fibich: "uralten"
3 Fibich: "geht"
4 Fibich: "Des Berges Gipfel"
5 Liszt: "gold'nem"
6 Fibich: "sieht"
7 Fibich: "sieht nur nach ihr"

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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)

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , no title, copyright © 1995, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English [singable] (Arthur Westbrook) , "The Loreley"
  • ENG English [singable] (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) , "The lorelei", appears in A Tramp Abroad, Volume 1, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, p. 123-4, first published 1880
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Lorelei", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "A Loreley", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfredo García) , "Lorelei", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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I know not what spell is o'er me

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I know not what spell is o'er me,
   That I am so sad today;
An old myth floats before me --
   I cannot chase it away. 

The cool air darkens, and listen,
   How softly flows the Rhine!
The mountain peaks still glisten
   Where the evening sunbeams shine.

The fairest maid sits dreaming
   In radiant beauty there.
Her gold and her jewels are gleaming,
   She combeth her golden hair. 

With a golden comb she is combing;
   A wondrous song sings she.
The music quaint in the gloaming,
   Hath a powerful melody.

It thrills with a passionate yearning
   The boatman below in the night.
He heeds not the rocky reef's warning,
   He gazes alone in the height. 

I think that the waters swallowed
   The boat and the boatman anon.
And this, with her singing unhallowed,
   The Lorelei hath done.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 2 DUT FIN FRE GRE HUN POR SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Konstantin Julius Becker, Jakob Blied, Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendorf, Christian Bruhn, Carl Debrois van Bruyck, Jeannette Antonie Bürde, G. Burwig, John Driscoll, Louis Ehlert, Richard Farber, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Edmund von Freyhold, Niels Wilhelm Gade, Ferdinand Gleich, Ulf A. Grahn, J. Grill, Christian Friedrich Grimmer, Gustav Adolf Heinze, Richard Heinze, Peter Janssens, Moritz Kässmayer, Al. Kern, Hermann Kestner, Wilhelm Killmayer, Johanna Kinkel, Joseph Klein, E. Klitzsch, Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, Franz Paul Lachner, Franz Liszt, O. Lübbert, Hermann von Maltzan, Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, Alfred Michow, Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Müller, Emil Naumann, J. W. Nedelmann, Joseph Netzer, Carl Oberthür, W. Prischpiczek, Heinrich Proch, Joachim Raff, Otto Reutter, Georg Rösser, Karl Friedrich Rungenhagen, Louis Schlottmann, Ruth Schonthal, Ferdinand Schultz, Dr., Friedrich August Schulz, Clara Schumann, Friedrich Silcher, Rudi Spring, Wilhelm Steifensand, Emil Steinkühler, Julius Stern, Reinhold Stöckhardt, Richard Thiele, Otto Tiehsen, Albert Karl Tottmann, Walter Trautner, Anton Urspruch, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Th. Werner, Paul Widemann, August Daniel Ferdinand Victor Wilhelmj, Gotthard Wöhler. Go to the text.

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