by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Auf dem See
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA NOR
Und frische Nahrung, neues Blut
Saug' ich aus freier Welt;
Wie ist Natur so hold und gut,
Die mich am Busen hält!
Die Welle wieget unsern Kahn
Im Rudertakt hinauf,
Und Berge, wolkig himmelan,
Begegnen unserm Lauf.

Aug', mein Aug', was sinkst du nieder?
Goldne Träume, [kommt]1 ihr wieder?
Weg, du Traum! so Gold du bist;
Hier auch Lieb' und Leben ist.

Auf der Welle blinken
Tausend schwebende Sterne,
Weiche Nebel trinken
Rings die thürmende Ferne;
Morgenwind umflügelt
Die beschattete Bucht,
Und im See bespiegelt
Sich die reifende Frucht.

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, page 86; and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, pages 144-145.

1 Nägeli: "kehrt"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "En el llac", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op het meer", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) (Rebecca Plack) , "On the lake", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Sur le lac", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sul lago", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "På havet", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Sur le lac
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Des fraîches nourritures, du nouveau sang
De ce monde libre je m'abreuve :
Comme est aimable et bonne la nature
Qui me tient en son sein !
La vague berce notre barque
Au rythme des avirons,
Et les montagnes, aux ciels ennuagés
Croisent notre route.

Yeux, mes yeux, pourquoi vous baisser ?
Rêves d'or, revenez‑vous ?
Vas‑t'en, rêve ! tout doré que tu sois :
Ici c'est l'amour et la vie.

Sur les vagues scintillent
Mille étoiles flottantes,
Alentour, une molle brume consomme
Les amoncellements lointains.
Le vent du matin bat des ailes
Autour de la baie ombragée,
Et dans le lac se reflète
Le fruit mûrissant.

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