by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

Das Meer erglänzte weit hinaus
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE ITA KOR NOR SPA
Das Meer erglänzte weit hinaus,
Im letzten Abendscheine;
Wir saßen am einsamen Fischerhaus,
Wir saßen stumm und alleine.

Der Nebel stieg, das Wasser schwoll,
Die Möve flog hin und wieder;
Aus deinen Augen, liebevoll,
Fielen die Thränen nieder.

Ich sah sie fallen auf deine Hand,
Und bin auf's Knie gesunken;
Ich hab' von deiner weißen Hand
Die Thränen fortgetrunken.

Seit jener Stunde verzehrt sich mein Leib,
Die Seele stirbt vor Sehnen; -
Mich hat das unglückseel'ge Weib
Vergiftet mit ihren Thränen.

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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von H. Heine. Hamburg bei Hoffmann und Campe. 1827, page 193; and with Reisebilder von H. Heine. Erster Theil. Hamburg, bey Hoffmann und Campe. 1826, page 19.


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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Vora el mar", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan zee", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "The sea sparkled out in the distance", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au bord de la mer", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Al mare", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "바닷가에서", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Stanisław Budziński) , no title, first published 1886
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2003-10-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-11-12 06:03:39
Line count: 16
Word count: 81

The sea outspreading glorious
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The sea outspreading glorious,
   In the dying sunbeams shone.
We sat by the lonely fisher's house,
   We sat there mute and alone. 

The waters swell, the mists arise,
   The sea-mew flutters past,
And then from out thy loving eyes
   The tears come flowing fast. 

I see them falling on thy hand.
   Upon my knees I sink,
And from the hollow of thy hand
   The burning tears I drink. 

Since then strange flames my flesh devour,
   My spent soul disappears,
The wretched woman in that hour
   Poisoned me with her tears.

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Text added to the website: 2008-04-18 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:40
Line count: 16
Word count: 90