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Mitten im Schimmer der spiegelnden...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mitten im Schimmer der spiegelnden Wellen
Gleitet, wie Schwäne, der wankende Kahn;
Ach, auf der Freude sanftschimmernden Wellen
Gleitet die Seele dahin wie der Kahn;
Denn von dem Himmel herab auf die Wellen
Tanzet das Abendroth rund um den Kahn.

Ueber den Wipfeln des westlichen Haines
Winket uns freundlich der röthliche Schein;
Unter den Zweigen des östlichen Haines
Säuselt der Kalmus im röthlichen Schein;
Freude des Himmels und Ruhe des Haines
Athmet die Seel' im erröthenden Schein.

Ach, es entschwindet mit thauigem Flügel
Mir auf den wiegenden Wellen die Zeit.
Morgen [entschwinde]1 mit [schimmerndem]2 Flügel
Wieder wie gestern und heute die Zeit,
Bis ich auf höherem strahlenden Flügel
Selber entschwinde der wechselnden Zeit.


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Confirmed with Gedichte der Brüder Christian und Friedrich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg. Erster Theil. Wien, 1821. Im Verlage bei J.B. Wallishausser. Hamburg, bei Perthes und Besser, pages 319-320; and with Musen Almanach für 1783 Herausgegeben von Voß und Goeking. Hamburg bei Carl Ernst Bohn, pages 168-169.

1 Schubert: "entschwindet"
2 Stolberg (1821 print): "schimmernden", apparently misprint

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op het water te zingen", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , "Op het water te zingen", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lynn Thompson) , "In the middle of the shimmer of the reflecting waves", copyright © 1997, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "To sing on the water", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian (Geart van der Meer) , "Op it wetter te sjongen", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Da cantare sull'acqua", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Da cantare sull'acqua

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Fra lo scintillio delle onde lucenti
Simile a un cigno scivola ondeggiando la barca.
E sulle onde, di gioia scintillanti,
Scivola anche l'anima, come la barca;
E pure dal cielo, sopra le onde
danza il sole al tramonto, intorno alla barca.

Sulle  cime degli alberi, a ponente, nel bosco
Ci ammicca amichevole  il rossastro bagliore.
Mentre  a levante, sotto i rami del bosco
Sussurra il canneto, nel rossastro bagliore.
La gioia del cielo e la pace del bosco
aspira  l'anima, nel rossastro bagliore.

Ah, per me svanisce con rugiadose ali,
sopra le  onde cullanti, il tempo;
Che  scorra domani, con scintillanti ali,
come ieri e oggi, il tempo,
Finché   io stesso, con più fulgide ali,
non fugga via  dal flusso del tempo.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Leopold, Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1750 - 1819), "Lied auf dem Wasser zu singen", subtitle: "Für meine Agnes", written 1782, first published 1783 CAT DUT DUT ENG ENG FRE FRI
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Anton Diabelli, Johann Wenzeslaus Kalliwoda, Jan Bedřich Kittl, Richard Müller, Hermann Nürnberg, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-01-01.
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