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Die Schiffende

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sie wankt dahin; die Abendwinde spielen,
  Ihr Apfelblüten zu;
Die Vögelein, so ihre [Gottheit]1 fühlen,
  Erwachen aus der Ruh.

Wie ihr Gewand im Mondenglanze flittert,
  Und ihres Busens Flor!
Sie wankt dahin; der helle Vollmond zittert
  Aus jeder Well' hervor.

Da rauscht der Kahn durch hangende Gesträuche,
  Birgt mir das Engelbild, 
Schwankt izt hervor, tanzt wieder auf dem Teiche, 
  Den ihre Gottheit füllt.

Verdeckt mir nicht, ihr hangenden Gesträuche,
  Ihr lächelndes Gesicht;
Sie tanzt so schön auf ihrem Silberteiche:
  Ihr Erlen, bergt sie nicht.

Weht, Winde, weht, o flügelt sie, ihr Winde,
  An diese Laub' heran,
Daß ich mich ihr im Schauer dieser Linde
  [Zu Füssen werfen]3 kann.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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F. Mendelssohn-Hensel sets stanzas 1-2, 4-5

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Carlsruhe, bey Christian Gottlieb Schmieder, 1784, pages 170-171; and with Poetische Blumenlese Auf das Jahr 1775. Göttingen und Gotha bey Johann Christian Dieterich, pages 85-86.

1 Hensel: "Nähe"
2 Hensel: "lächelnd Angesicht"
3 Hensel: "Beseligt nahen"

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) , "La navegant", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De varende", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The floating vision", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-11-08 08:30:41

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Word count: 108

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Elle chancelle par là, les vents du soir

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Elle chancelle par là, les vents du soir
Lui envoient des fleurs de pommier ;
Les oiseaux, sentant sa présence
Sortent de leur quiétude.

Comme sa robe scintille au clair de lune
Et la mousseline sur sa poitrine,
Elle chancelle par là, la pleine lune tremble, claire,
Sur chaque vague.

Vous, feuillages pendants, ne me cachez pas
Son visage souriant ;
Elle danse si joliment sur son étang d'argent,
Vous les aulnes, ne la dissimulez pas !

Soufflez vents, soufflez, ô faites-la s'envoler, vous les vents,
Là-haut vers ces frondaisons,
Afin que dans les frissons de ce tilleul
Je puisse avec bonheur m'approcher d'elle.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), "Die Schiffende", written 1774, first published 1775 CAT DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Czerny, Friedrich, Freiherr von Dalberg, Moritz Hauptmann, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-10-06 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:23

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