by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Robert Schall

Auf dem Teich, dem Regungslosen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA
Auf dem Teich, dem Regungslosen,
Weilt des Mondes holder Glanz,
Flechtend seine bleichen Rosen
In des Schilfes grünen Kranz.

Hirsche wandeln dort am Hügel,
Blicken [in]1 die Nacht empor;
Manchmal regt sich das Geflügel
Träumerisch im tiefen Rohr.

Weinend muß mein Blick sich senken;
Durch die tiefste Seele geht
Mir ein süßes Deingedenken,
Wie ein stilles Nachtgebet.

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1 Mendelssohn: "durch"

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "On the pond, the motionless one", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "On the pond's serene reposes", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Robert Schall) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sullo stagno, senza un'onda", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Word count: 57

On the water’s tranquil surface
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
On the water’s tranquil surface
moonlight rests with gentle sheen,
interweaving sallow roses
with the rushes’ wreath of green.

There, some deer roam on the hillside,
looking up into the sky;
sometimes fowl move in the reed beds
or, as in a dream, glide by.

But, in tears, I must gaze inwards:
from my deepest soul proceed,
like a silent nighttime prayer,
tender thoughts of you, and sweet.

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