by William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

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

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2005-08-06
Line count: 24
Word count: 153

Ich wandert' einsam wie die Wolk'
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ich wandert' einsam wie die Wolk',
Die über Tal und Hügel zieht.
Da sah ich, daß ein ganzes Volk -
Ein Heer! - von Goldnarzissen blüht;
Am See, wo Steine moosig sind,
da tanzen flatternd sie im Wind.

Wie lange Reih'n von Sternen, die
Hell schimmern auf im Überschwang,
So zieht der Blumen Galaxie
Dem Ufer einer Bucht entlang:
Zehntausend Blumen sieht mein Blick
Im Tanz, den Kopf gewandt zurück.

Gleich ihnen, Wellen tanzen heut,
Doch Blumen tanzen froher noch.
Der Dichter selbst fühlt Fröhlichkeit
In solcher heit'ren Menge doch.
So starrt' ich - starrt' - doch merkt' ich nicht
Welch' Schatz mir brachte diese Sicht:

Lieg' jetzt ich auf der Couch allein,
Oft still verträumt, oft denkbereit,
Erscheinen sie dem Auge mein
Als Wonne meiner Einsamkeit:
Dann füllt mein Herz mit Glück sich ganz
Als Tänzer im Narzissentanz.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-02
Line count: 24
Word count: 139