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Ich stand gelehnet an den Mast

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich stand gelehnet an den Mast,
Und zählte jede Welle.
[Ade!]1 mein schönes Vaterland!
Mein Schiff, das segelt schnelle!

Ich kam schön Liebchens Haus vorbei,
Die Fensterscheiben blinken;
Ich [guck']2 mir fast die Augen aus,
Doch will mir niemand winken.

Ihr Tränen, bleibt mir aus dem Aug',
Daß ich nicht dunkel sehe.
[Mein krankes]3 Herze brich mir nicht
Vor allzugroßem Wehe.

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE

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1 Lachner: "Leb wohl"
2 Lachner: "schau"
3 Pfitzner: "Du armes"

Submitted by Jakob Kellner


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op de boot", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I stood leaning against the mast", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "The voyage"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Voyage en bateau", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33

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Word count: 61

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Voyage en bateau

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

J'étais debout appuyé au mât,
Et je comptais chaque vague.
Adieu beau pays de mes pères !
Mon bateau, comme tu navigues vite !

Je suis passé devant la maison de ma belle,
Les vitres de la fenêtre scintillent ;
Intensivement je cherche des yeux,
Mais personne ne me fait signe.

Vous, mes larmes, ne me montez pas aux yeux,
Que je mon regard ne soit pas trop sombre.
Et toi, mon cœur malade, ne te brise pas
Devant cette douleur bien trop grande.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Wasserfahrt", appears in Buch der Lieder, in Junge Leiden, in Romanzen, no. 14 DUT ENG ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Al. Arlet, Kurt Börner, Jeannette Antonie Bürde, née Milder, Franz Aloys Theodor Commer, R. de Cuvry, Joseph Dessauer, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Robert Franz, Ossip Salomonovich Gabrilovich, Christian Friedrich Grimmer, H. Hartung, Gustav Hölzel, Marianne Klage, M. J. Kremer, Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, Franz Paul Lachner, Adolf, Baron von Lauer, Albert Levinsohn, E. Lötz, Albert Maertens, Wilhelm Mayer, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Elise Müller, Friedrich August Naubert, Joseph Nesvadba, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Anton Prokesch-Osten, Wilhelm Rehfeldt, Jakob Rosenhain, Louis Samson, Franz Joseph Schütky, Friedrich Siebmann, Friedrich Wilhelm Emil Siegert, Karl Heinrich August Siemers, Iván Simonyi, Frantisek Zdenek Xavier Alois Skuhersky, Friedrich Wilhelm Stade, Tjerko Steenhuis, Julius Stern, Jules de Swert, Wilhelm Taubert, Theodor Twietmeyer, Rudolph, Ritter von Vivenot, Hermann Wichmann. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-12-07 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:09

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