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Und sprich

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sieh auf dem Meer den Glanz 
der hohen Sonne liegen,
sieh über die Wogen hin,
die leisen Spiels sich wiegen,
zahllose Lichter und zahllose Schatten fliegen,

und sprich zu deinem Leid:
"Du kleine, dunkle Welle."
Und sprich zu deinem Glück:
"Du Glanz an flücht'ger Stelle."
Und sprich zu deinem Gott:
"Du ew'ge Sonnenhelle."

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Virginia Knight


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "And speak", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Et parle", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:21
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Word count: 53

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And speak

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

See upon the ocean the gleaming
Of the high sun,
See how over the waves
That sway in quiet play,
Countless lights and countless shadows fly,

And speak to your pain:
"You little, dark wave."
And speak to your happiness:
"You gleam upon a transient spot."
And speak to your God:
"You eternal brightness of the sun."

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2011-05-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:21
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Word count: 57