by Mary Coleridge (1861 - 1907)
Translation © by Martin Stock

The lake lay blue below the hill
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
The lake lay blue below the hill,
O'er it, as I looked, there flew
Across the waters, cold and still,
A bird whose wings were palest blue.

The sky above was blue at last,
The sky beneath me blue in blue,
A moment, ere the bird had passed,
It caught his image as he flew.

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Martin Stock) , title 1: "Der blaue Vogel", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Dwain Richardson) , title 1: "L'oiseau bleu", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Virginia Knight

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 55

Der blaue Vogel
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
 Blau lag der See am Fuße des Berges.
 Als ich aufsah, flog über das kalte, ruhige Wasser
 ein Vogel, dessen Schwingen von blassestem Blau waren.

 Der Himmel über mir war endlich blau,
 der Himmel unter mir war Blau in Blau;
 Kurz bevor der Vogel vorübergezogen war
 war sein Bild im Fluge eingefangen.
 Blau lag der See am Fuße des Berges.

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  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2001 by Martin Stock, (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 between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 61