Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Le long du Quai, les grands vaisseaux
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG GER HEB HUN ITA SPA
Le long du Quai, les grands vaisseaux,
Que la houle incline en silence,
Ne prennent pas garde aux berceaux,
Que la main des femmes balance.

Mais viendra le jour des adieux,
Car il faut que les femmes pleurent,
Et que les hommes curieux
Tentent les horizons qui leurrent!

Et ce jour-là les grands vaisseaux,
Fuyant le port qui diminue,
Sentent leur masse retenue
Par l'âme des lointains berceaux.

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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)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Marike Lindhout) , no title, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 2016
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , no title, copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Ehud Shapiro) , no title, copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Dániel Csűry) , no title, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , no title, copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Mercedes Vivas) , no title, copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 68

Am Kai nehmen die großen Schiffe
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
 Am Kai nehmen die großen Schiffe,
 von Wellen still bewegt,
 keine Notiz von den Wiegen,
 die Frauenhände schaukeln.

 Aber der Tag des Abschieds wird kommen,
 an dem die Frauen weinen müssen,
 an dem Männer voller Neugier
 lockenden Horizonten nachspüren.

 Und an jenen Tagen spüren die großen Schiffe,
 die den kleiner werdenden Häfen enteilen,
 wie sie von den Seelen
 der fernen Wiegen zurückgehalten werden.

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Translations of titles: "Le long du quai" = "Am Kai"; "Les berceaux" = "Wiegen"

Authorship

  • Translation from French (Français) to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2004 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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This text was added to the website: 2004-12-29
Line count: 12
Word count: 64