by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation by Emma Coeckelbergh (1852 - 1921), as Mme Edgar Tinel

Die stille Wasserrose
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG FRE SPA
[Die stille Wasserrose]1
Steigt aus dem blauen See,
[Die Blätter flimmern und blitzen]2,
Der Kelch ist weiß wie Schnee.

Da gießt der Mond vom Himmel
All' seinen gold'nen Schein,
Gießt alle seine Strahlen
In ihren Schooß hinein.

Im Wasser um die Blume
Kreiset ein weißer Schwan
Er [singt]3 so süß, so leise
Und schaut die Blume an.

Er singt so süß, so leise
Und will im Singen vergehn --
O Blume, weiße Blume,
Kannst du das Lied verstehn?

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Confirmed with Emanuel Geibel, Gedichte, Vierte Auflage, Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker, 1845, page 63.

1 C. Schumann: "Die stille Lotusblume" or "Die stille Lotosblume"
2 Lachner, Wegener-Koopman: "Die feuchten Blätter zittern"
3 Kücken: "singet"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wijtse Rodenburg) , "De stille waterlelie", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "The quiet lotus-blossom/water-rose", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La fleur de lotus immobile", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 77

Le Chant du Cygne
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sur le lac nuancé d'azur
Un beau nénuphar blanc élève 
Son calice hautain et pur,
Qu'effleure un mystérieux rêve.

Aux cieux l'astre des beaux étés
Fait scintiller son front timide
Et caresse de ses clartés
La nuit merveilleuse et splendide.

Au pied de l'insensible fleur
Un cygne blanc doucement chante ;
Son regard est plain de douleur !
Sa voix plaintive est si touchante !

Près de la fleur au froid regard
Mourra le cygne au chant si tendre.
O nénuphar, blanc nénuphar,
Ce chant, dis, peux-tu le comprendre ?

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This text was added to the website: 2021-02-03
Line count: 16
Word count: 90