by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FIN FRE FRE ITA
Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser,
Ohne Regung ruht das Meer,
Und bekümmert sieht der Schiffer
Glatte Fläche rings umher.
Keine Luft von keiner Seite!
Todesstille fürchterlich!
In der ungeheuern Weite
Reget keine Welle sich.

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 73; with Göthe's neue Schriften. Siebenter Band. Berlin. Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1800, page 18; and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1796. Herausgegeben von Schiller. Neustrelitz, bei dem Hofbuchhändler Michaelis, page 83.

Note: The poem's title in the first edition (Schiller's Musenalmanach 1796) is "Meeresstille", from the second edition on (1800) it is "Meeres Stille".


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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) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Windstille zee", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Deep stillness reigns on the water", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Daniel Platt) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Becalmed"
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Merentyven", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Karel Vereycken) , "Mer tranquille", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Calme de mer"
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sopra le acque regna una pace profonda", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Aleksey Nikolayevich Pleshcheyev) , "Тишь на море", first published 1844


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

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-06-05 04:09:21
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Windstille zee
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Diepe stilte heerst in 't water,
Roerloos ligt de zee, en stom,
En bekommerd ziet de schipper
Gladde vlakheid wijd rondom.

Heel geen wind, geen enkel zuchtje,
Doodse stilte, spookachtig!
In de kolossale ruimte
Roert geen enkel golfje zich.

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2005 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website: 2005-07-05 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:13
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