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Der Jüngling steht auf dem Verdeck

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Jüngling steht auf dem Verdeck,
Sieht seine Schiffe fahren,
Die Sonne strahlt, es spielt die Luft
Mit seinen goldnen Haaren.

Das Ruder schallt, das Segel schwillt,
Die bunten Wimpel fliegen,
Meerfrauen mit Gesang und Spiel
Sich um die Kiele wiegen.

[Er spricht:]1 "Das ist mein Königreich,
Das frei und lustig streifet,
Das um die träge Erde her
Auf blauen Fluten schweifet."

Da ziehen finstre Wolken auf
Mit Sturm und [mit]1 Gewitter.
Die Blitze zucken aus der Nacht,
Die Maste springen in Splitter.

Und Wogen stürzen auf das Schiff,
So wilde, Bergen gleiche;
Verschlungen ist der Königssohn
Sammt seinem lust'gen Reiche.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-03-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
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Word count: 101

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Le jeune homme se tient sur le pont

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

Le jeune homme se tient sur le pont
Et regarde voguer ses navires,
Le soleil brille, le vent joue
Avec ses cheveux d'or.

La rame résonne, la voile se gonfle,
Les oriflammes multicolores flottent,
Chantant et jouant, des sirènes
Se balancent autour de la quille.

Il dit : « voici mon royaume,
Qui vagabonde librement et joyeusement,
Qui erre sur les flots bleus
Qui entourent la terre indolente.

Mais voilà que se lèvent de noirs nuages
Amenant tempête et orage,
Les éclairs tressaillent dans la nuit,
Les mâts volent en éclats.

Et les vagues se jettent sur le navire
Avec furie, pareilles à des montagnes ;
Le fils du roi est englouti
Tout comme son joyeux royaume.

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Text added to the website: 2012-01-25.
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