sometimes misattributed to Georg Karl Immanuel Buddeus (1739 - 1814) and by Aurelio Buddeus (1817 - 1880)
Translation © by Elisabeth Siekhaus

Helle Silberglöcklein klingen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
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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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):

  • 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

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 65

The sea fairy
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
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.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-14
Line count: 16
Word count: 74