by Julius Mosen (1803 - 1867)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Der See ruht tief im blauem Traum
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE POR SPA
Der See [ruht]1 tief im [blauem]2 Traum
Von Wasserblumen zugedeckt;
Ihr Vöglein hoch im [Fichtenbaum]3,
Daß ihr mir nicht den Schläfer weckt!

Doch leise weht das Schilf und wiegt 
Das Haupt mit leichtem Sinn;
Ein blauer Falter aber fliegt
Darüber einsam hin.

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1 H. Bach (as Molbe): "liegt"; further changes may exist not noted.
2 Fibich, Griffes, Hermes, Schumann, Volkmann: "blauen" ; further changes may exist for Hermes not noted above.
3 Fibich: "Eichenbaum"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het dromende meer", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "O lago sonhador", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Daniel Faure) , "El lago soñador", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Dr. Gerrit den Hartogh , Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2004-06-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 42

The lake is at rest deep in a blue dream
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The lake [is at rest]1 deep in a blue dream
covered by water lilies;
You, little bird high in the [spruce tree]2,
Don't wake the sleeper!

But the reeds quietly blow and balance 
Their tops with easy sense;
But a blue moth flies
Over [them], alone, towards [them].

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Translation of title "Der träumende See" = "The dreaming lake"
1 H. Bach (as Molbe): “lies still"
2 Fibich: "oak tree"

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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-08
Line count: 8
Word count: 48