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by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892)
Translation © by Linda Godry

The eagle
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.


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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Heinrich Zöllner.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , "Der Seeadler", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2008-01-09
Line count: 6
Word count: 39

Der Seeadler
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Er umklammert das Kliff mit Klauenhänden;
Der Sonne nah in seinem einsamen Reich,
umgeben von einer azurnen Aureole, ragt er auf.

Die gekräuselte See tief unter ihm brodelt;
Er späht hinunter von den steilen Wänden,
und schießt hinab gleich eines Blitzes Strahl.


  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2008 by Linda Godry, (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: 2008-07-20
Line count: 6
Word count: 42