by Salomo Franck (1659 - 1725)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Bäche von gesalznen Zähren
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Bäche von gesalznen Zähren,
Fluten rauschen stets einher.
Sturm und Wellen mich versehren,
Und dies trübsalsvolle Meer
Will mir Geist und Leben schwächen,
Mast und Anker wollen brechen,
Hier versink ich in den Grund,
Dort seh ins der Hölle Schlund.


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

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Ebenezer Prout) , "From my eyes salt tears are streaming"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Des flots de larmes amères", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Des flots de larmes amères
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Des flots de larmes amères
Ne cessent de s'écouler en mugissant.
La tempête et les vagues me meurtrissent
Et cette mer d'affliction
Veut affaiblir mon esprit et ma vie,
Mât et ancre vont se rompre,
Je sombre dans l'abîme,
Où je vois le gouffre de l'enfer.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2018 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Text added to the website: 2018-10-27 00:00:00
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