by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by Laura Claycomb, Peter Grunberg

Es lächelt der See, er ladet zum Bade
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRE SPA
Es lächelt der See, er ladet zum Bade,
Der Knabe [schlief ein am]1 grünen Gestade,
  Da hört er ein Klingen, 
  Wie Flöten so süß,
  Wie Stimmen der Engel
  Im Paradies.

Und wie er erwachet in seliger Lust,
Da spielen die Wasser ihm um die Brust,
  Und es ruft aus den Tiefen:
  Lieb' Knabe, bist mein!
  Ich locke den Schläfer, 
  Ich zieh ihn [herein]2.

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1 Marschner: "schlief am"
2 Marschner: "hinein"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860 - 1908) ; composed by Edward Alexander MacDowell.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (1803 - 1873) , "Из Шиллера" ; composed by Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov, Mikhail Nikolayevich Ofrosimov, Vladimir Ivanovich Pol, Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El noi pescador", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "The lake smiles, so inviting to bathe", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) (Peter Grunberg) , "The smiling lake invites a swim", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "The fisherboy", first published 1911
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

The smiling lake invites a swim
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The smiling lake invites a swim;
The boy is falling asleep on the green shore
When he hears a tinkling sound
as sweet as flutes,
Like angels' voices 
in Paradise.

And how he awakens in happy delight
When the waters wash over his chest.
And there's a call from the depths:
Dear boy, you are mine! 
I lure the sleeper, 
I draw him in!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2007 by Laura Claycomb and Peter Grunberg, (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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This text was added to the website: 2007-10-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 64