by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Elisa Rapado

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

La tranquila flor de loto
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the German (Deutsch) 
La tranquila flor de loto
crece en el azulado lago
sus hojas brillan y centellean
Como la nieve, su cáliz es blanco

Lo riega la luna desde el cielo
con toda su luz dorada
Lo riega con todos sus rayos
hacia su regazo.

En el agua, alrededor de la flor
da vueltas un cisne blanco
y canta tan dulce y suave 
y mira a la flor.

Canta tan dulce y tan suave
y querría morir en su canto
Oh, flor, oh, blanca flor
¿entiendes su canción?

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This text was added to the website: 2020-10-09
Line count: 16
Word count: 86