Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Im Wasser wogt die Lilie, die blanke,...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Im Wasser wogt die Lilie, die [blanke]1, hin und her!
Doch irrst du, Freund, sobald du sagst, sie schwanke hin und her!
Es wurzelt ja so fest ihr Fuß [im tiefen]2 Meeresgrund.
Ihr Haupt nur wiegt ein lieblicher Gedanke hin und her!

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1 Lang: "schlanke"
2 Lang: "auf tiefem"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The lily undulates in the water", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , no title, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2006-12-13
Line count: 4
Word count: 42

The lily undulates in the water
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The lily, the slender one, undulates back and forth in the water!
Yet you are wrong, my friend, when you aver that she is tottering precariously back and forth!
For her foot is so firmly rooted in the deep seabed;
Only her head, moved by a lovely thought, rocks back and forth!


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This text was added to the website: 2006-12-13
Line count: 4
Word count: 52