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Hast du das Schloß gesehen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hast du das Schloß gesehen,
Das hohe Schloß am Meer?
Golden und rosig wehen
Die Wolken drüber her.

Es möchte sich niederneigen
In die spiegelklare Flut;
Es möchte streben und steigen
In der Abendwolken Glut.

"Wohl hab' ich es gesehen,
 Das hohe Schloß am Meer,
Und den Mond darüber stehen
Und Nebel weit umher."

Der Wind und des Meeres Wallen,
Gaben die frischen Klang?
Vernahmst du aus hohen Hallen
Saiten und Festgesang?

"Die Winde, die Wogen alle
Lagen in tiefer Ruh,
Einem Klagelied aus der Halle
Hört ich mit Tränen zu."

Sahest du oben gehen
Den König und sein Gemahl?
Der roten Mäntel Wehen,
Der goldnen Kronen Strahl?

Führten sie nicht mit Wonne
Eine schöne Jungfrau dar,
Herrlich wie die Sonne,
Strahlend im goldnen Haar?

"Wohl sah ich die Eltern beide,
Ohne der Kronen Licht,
Im schwarzen Trauerkleide;
Die Jungfrau sah ich nicht."

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "The castle by the sea"
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The castle by the sea", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le château sur la mer", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-03-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
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Word count: 143

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The castle by the sea

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Say, have you seen the castle,
the castle by the sea?
Above it, gold and roseate,
the clouds are floating free.

It seems to want to lower
itself to ocean's light,
it wants to stretch and hover
on evening clouds so bright.

"Oh, yes, I well did see it,
the castle by the shore,
and saw the moon above it
and drifting fogs galore."

The wind and water's motion,
did you enjoy their throng?
Did in the halls you listen
to strings and festive songs?

"The winds and waves you mention,
were deep down resting all,
I heard but songs of mourning,
and cried outside the hall."

Did not, atop the castle,
so proud walk King and Queen,
where waving crimson dresses,
and golden crowns are seen?

Did they not lead with pleasure
up there a maiden fair,
beautiful like the sunshine,
glowing in golden hair?

"Indeed, I saw both parents,
their heads of jewels free,
they wore the dress of mourning;
their child I did not see."

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862), "Das Schloß am Meere", appears in Balladen und Romanzen, first published 1807 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ida Becker, Carl Collischonn, Felix Draeseke, A. Egler, Robert Emmerich, Gustav Gutheil, Conradin Kreutzer, Joachim Raff, Joseph Rheinberger, August Walter, Friedrich von Wickede, Alexander Winterberger. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-06-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:43
Line count: 32
Word count: 168