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O Freude, o Wonne

Language: German (Deutsch)

O Freude, o Wonne,
wie scheinet die Sonne
in wärmender Glut!
Es säuseln die Winde
so leis' und so linde,
hinein in die Flut!

Hinunter gesprungen
und mutig gedrungen
ins Wellengewühl!
Wir kommen gezogen
auf schäumenden Wogen,
auf schwebendem Pfühl.

Wir rudern und ringen,
die Flut zu bezwingen,
wohl sicher und kühn!
Es fürchtet ja nimmer
ein rüstiger Schwimmer
Gefahren und Mühn.

Translation(s): ENG

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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)

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

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "The swimmer", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2018-06-17 23:56:43
Line count: 18
Word count: 62

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The swimmer

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

  O joy, o bliss,
  how the sun warms
  in its glow!
  The winches murmur
  so softly and so gently,
  into the flood!
  Leaping down
  and sliding boldly
  into the swirling waves!
  We come tossed
  on foamy waves,
  on hovering billows.
  We stroke and struggle,
  to conquer the flood,
  surely and boldly!
  An agile swimmer
  never fears its
  dangers and risks.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
Line count: 18
Word count: 61