Translation © by Lau Kanen

There be none of Beauty's daughters
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT ITA
There be none of Beauty's daughters
  With a magic like thee;
And like music on the waters
  Is thy sweet voice to me:
When, as if its sound were causing
The [charmèd]1 ocean's pausing,
The waves lie still and gleaming,
And the lull'd winds seem dreaming:

And the midnight moon is weaving
  Her bright chain o'er the deep;
Whose breast is gently heaving
  As an infant's asleep:
So the spirit bows before thee,
To listen and adore thee;
With a full but soft emotion,
Like the swell of Summer's ocean.

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1 Mendelssohn: "charm'd"


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):

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Sloky pro hudbu"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Alexis Paulin Pâris) , "Stances à mettre en musique"
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Fra tutte le più belle", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Geen van Schoonheids dochters vele
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the English 
Geen van Schoonheids dochters vele
Is betoov’rend als jij;
Hoor 'k muziek op ’t water spelen:
Zo is jouw stem voor mij.
’t Is alsof jouw zoete tonen
De golven intomen;
De zee ligt stil te blinken
En de winden gaan zinken;

[En de hoge maan werpt stralend
Over zee uit haar lint]1;
Haar borst is stijgend, dalend
Als een kalm slapend kind:
Dus mijn geest komt voor jou buigen,
Jou horen, eer betuigen,
Met emotie vol verfijning,
Als een zee in zomerdeining.

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Singable for both Felix Mendelssohn's and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's settings.
1 Bij Felix Mendelssohn: "En de hoge maan werpt over / De zee stralend een lint"


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