by Johann Chrysostomos Senn (1795 - 1857)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Selige Welt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE SPA
Ich treibe auf des Lebens Meer,
Ich sitze gemuth in meinem Kahn,
Nicht Ziel, noch Steuer hin und her,
Wie die Strömung reißt, wie die Winde gahn.

Eine selige Insel sucht der Wahn,
Doch eine ist es nicht.
Du lande gläubig überall an,
Wo sich Wasser an Erde bricht.

Note: Schubert received Senn's poem in handwritten form. Senn did not publish it in any printed edition.


Authorship

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) , "Món benaurat", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zalige wereld", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Blessed world", copyright © 2016
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Aleksi Reunanen) , "Autuas maailma", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Monde béni", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Lewis Grenville) , "Mundo feliz", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 49

Blessed world
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I float upon the ocean of life,
I sit happily in my boat,
With neither destination nor rudder, [going] here and there
As the current flows, as the winds blow.

Folly seeks the blessed island,
But there isn't one.
You will disembark anywhere with full trust,
Wherever water breaks on land.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2016-09-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 51