by William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

I wandered lonely as a cloud
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER GER HUN
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

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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):

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Narcisky"
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Die Narzissen", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Ich wandert' einsam wie die Wolk'", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Nárciszok", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Jan Kasprowicz) , "Jak obłok ponad pasmem gór", Warsaw, first published 1907


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Text added to the website: 2005-08-06 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:14
Line count: 24
Word count: 153

Die Narzissen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Der Wolke gleich, zog ich einher,
die einsam zieht hoch übers Land,
als unverhofft vor mir ein Meer
von goldenen Narzissen stand.
Am See, dort wo die Bäume sind,
flatterten, tanzten sie im Wind.
 
So stetig wie der Sterne Schein
und Funkeln hoch am Himmelszelt,
war'n sie in endlos langen Reih'n
am Saum der Bucht entlang gestellt.
Zehntausende, auf einen Blick,
bogen im Tanz den Kopf zurück.

Ihr Tanzen übertraf sogar
des Wellentanzes Funkelschein:
in dieser ausgelass'nen Schar
muss selbst ein Dichter heiter sein!
Ich schaut' und schaute, kaum bedacht,
welch Wohl dies Schauspiel mir gebracht.
 
Denn oft, wenn auf der Couch ich ruh'
gedankenschwer, des Grübelns leid,
gesell'n dem Herzen sie sich zu:
dies ist das Glück der Einsamkeit.
Erfüllt von Glück mein Herz dann singt
mit den Narzissen tanzt und springt.

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  • Singable translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2007 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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Text added to the website: 2007-03-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 24
Word count: 133