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Helle Silberglöcklein klingen Aus der Luft vom Meer; Leise Mädchenstimmen singen Fröhlich rings umher; Und auf leichtem Perlenwagen Fährt die Fee vorbei, Von der lauen Luft getragen, Wallt die Melodei. Lichte Funken rings umglühten Sie im heitern Spiel, Düfte, wie von Rosenblüten, Wehn vom Mast zum Kiel; Und der Knabe sieht es träumend An des Schiffes Bord, Doch die Wellen tragen schäumend Die Erscheinung fort.
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- sometimes misattributed to Georg Karl Immanuel Buddeus (1739 - 1814)
- by Aurelio Buddeus (1817 - 1880) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Carl Banck (1809 - 1889), "Meerfee", op. 57 (Vier Lieder) no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856), "Die Meerfee", op. 125 no. 3 (1849), published 1853 [ voice and piano ], from Heitere Gesänge für Singstimme und Klavier, no. 3, Magdeburg, Heinrichshofen's Verlag [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Max Wilhelm Karl Vogrich (1852 - 1916), "Helle Silberglöcklein klingen", published 1890 [ voice and piano ], from Zweites Lieder-Album, no. 9, Leipzig, Hofmeister [sung text not yet checked]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De fee van de zee", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Elisabeth Siekhaus) , "The sea fairy", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La fée de la mer", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 65
Bright silver bells ring out In the air from the sea; Soft girls' voices sing Joyfully all around; And on her light cart of pearls The Fairy drives by, Carried by the warm air Wafts the melody. Light sparks glow all around her In carefree play, Scents, as from rose blossoms, Blow from mast to keel; And the boy watches it dreamily On board the ship, But the waves, foaming, carry off The apparition.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by Elisabeth Siekhaus, (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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) misattributed to Georg Karl Immanuel Buddeus (1739 - 1814) and by Aurelio Buddeus (1817 - 1880)
This text was added to the website: 2008-06-14
Line count: 16
Word count: 74