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Im Rhein, im schönen Strome

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Im]1 Rhein, [im]1 [schönen]2 Strome,
Da spiegelt sich in den [Well'n]3
Mit seinem großen Dome
Das [große, heil'ge]4 Köln.

Im Dom da steht ein Bildnis,
Auf [goldnem Leder]5 gemalt;
In meines Lebens Wildnis
Hat's freundlich [hineingestrahlt]6.

Es schweben Blumen und Eng'lein
Um unsre liebe Frau;
Die Augen, die Lippen, die Wänglein,
Die gleichen der Liebsten genau.


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 120.

1 Hollmann, Urspruch: "Am" / "am"; further changes may exist for Hollmann's setting, not shown above.
2 originally, "heiligen"; Schumann and Franz use this version.
3 Liszt: "Wellen"
4 Liszt, Urspruch: "große, das heilige"
5 Franz: "goldenem Grunde"; Urspruch "goldenes Leder"
6 Urspruch: "herein gestrahlt"

Submitted by Emily Ezust and Pierre Mathé


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "En el Rin, el bonic riu", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Jan Rot) , "In Keulen hoor ik het dond'ren", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De Rijn, die stroom o zo prachtig", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Paul Hindemith) , "In the Rhine, in the fair stream", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Arthur Westbrook) , "In the Rhine, that noble river"
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 11, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) (Effimia Gianniou) , "Στον Ρήνο, στο ιερό ποτάμι", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Assaf Levitin) (Michal Levitin) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Nel Reno, nel sacro fiume", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , "En el Rin, el santo río", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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In the Rhine, in the fair stream

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

In the Rhine, in the holy stream
Is it mirrored in the waves -
With its great cathedral -
That great, holy city Cologne.

In the Cathedral stands an image
Painted on golden leather;
Into the wildness of my life
Has it shone, friendly.

Flowers and little cherubs hover
Around our beloved Lady;
The eyes, the lips, the cheeks--
They match my beloved's exactly.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Lyrisches Intermezzo, no. 11 CAT DUT DUT DUT FIN FRE FRE GRE HEB ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hermann Behn, Hans van den Burg, Ferdinand Oskar Eichberg, Elizabeth Ender, Adolph Martin Foerster, Don Forsythe, Robert Franz, Wilhelm Goldner, Rich. Grelling, Christian Friedrich Grimmer, William Gardiner Hammond, Wilhelm Heinefetter, Wilhelm C. Hollmann, Johanna Kinkel, W. Koerber, Franz Theodor Kugler, Adolf, Baron von Lauer, Ernst Linko, Franz Liszt, Ferdinand Möhring, Heinrich Proch, Anton Rückauf, Robert Schumann, Bertram Shapleigh, Friedrich Wilhelm Stade, Wilhelm Stehle, Oscar Strasnoy, Anton Urspruch, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, H. Willemsen. Go to the text.


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