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by Friedrich von Schlegel (1772 - 1829)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Der Schiffer
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Friedlich lieg' ich hingegossen,
Lenke hin und her das Ruder,
Athme kühl im Licht des Mondes,
Träume süß im stillen Muthe;
Gleiten lass' ich auch den Kahn,
Schaue in die blanken Fluthen,
Wo die Sterne lieblich schimmern,
Spiele wieder mit dem Ruder.

Säße doch das blonde Mägdlein
Vor mir auf dem Bänkchen ruhend,
Sänge schmachtend zarte Lieder.
Himmlisch wär' mir dann zu Muthe.
Ließ mich necken von dem Kinde,
Wieder tändelnd mit der Guten. -
Friedlich lieg' ich hingegossen,
Träume süß im stillen Muthe,
Athme kühl im Licht des Mondes,
Führe hin und her das Ruder.

Confirmed with Friedrich Schlegel's sämmtliche Werke. Erster Band. Gedichte. Berlin, bei Julius Eduard Hitzig, 1809, page 52; and with Friedrich Schlegel’s sämmtliche Werke, Achter Band, Wien: bey Jakob Mayer und Compagnie, 1823, page 132.

Note: Schlegel, in the 1809 and 1816 editions, did not divide the poem into two stanzas.


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El barquer", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De schipper", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The boatman", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le marin", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il barcaiolo", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 96

El barquer
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Plàcidament jec estenallat,
faig girar el timó d’ací i d’allà,
respiro l’aire fresc a la llum de la lluna,
somio dolçament amb l’ànim tranquil;
deixo anar també la barca pel corrent,
esguardo les aigües lluents
on les estelles suaument resplendeixen,
i torno a jugar amb el timó.

Si solament la noia rossa segués
reposant davant meu a la banqueta,
cantant lànguidament tendres cançons,
llavors el meu ànim seria sublim.
Deixaria que la nena em fes brometes
i flirtejaria novament amb ella.
Plàcidament jec estenallat,
somio dolçament amb l’ànim tranquil,
respiro l’aire fresc a la llum de la lluna
i guio el timó d’ací i d’allà.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2018 by Salvador Pila, (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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This text was added to the website: 2018-11-17
Line count: 18
Word count: 105