by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Es lächelt der See, er ladet zum Bade
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRE SPA
Es lächelt der See, er ladet zum Bade,
Der Knabe schlief ein am grünen Gestade,
  Da hört er ein Klingen, 
  Wie Flöten so süß,
  Wie Stimmen der Engel
  Im Paradies.

Und wie er erwachet in seliger Lust,
Da spielen die Wasser ihm um die Brust,
  Und es ruft aus den Tiefen:
  Lieb' Knabe, bist mein!
  Ich locke den Schläfer, 
  Ich zieh ihn herein.

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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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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El noi pescador", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "The lake smiles, so inviting to bathe", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) (Peter Grunberg) , "The smiling lake invites a swim", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "The fisherboy", first published 1911
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

The lake smiles, so inviting to bathe
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The lake smiles, so inviting to bathe,
the boy slept on the green bank,
then, he hears a tinkling,
as of sweet flutes,
like the voices of angels
in paradise.

And as he awakens in blissful desire,
the waters now play against his breast,
and a call from the depths:
Dear boy, you are mine!
I lure the sleeper,
I draw him down.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
Line count: 12
Word count: 63