Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Aus des Meeres dunklen Tiefen
Stieg die Venus still empor,
Als die Nachtigallen riefen
In dem Hain, den sie erkor.

Und zum Spiegel, voll Verlangen,
Glätteten die Wogen sich,
Um ihr Bild noch aufzufangen,
Da sie selbst auf ewig wich.

Lächelnd gönnte sie dem feuchten
Element den letzten Blick,
Davon blieb dem Meer sein Leuchten
Bis auf diesen Tag zurück.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "The Shining Sea", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Claus-Christian Schuster

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 60

The Shining Sea
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Out from the sea's dark depths
Venus rose quietly upward,
As the nightingales called 
in the woods that she chose.

And the waves smoothed themselves
as unto a mirror, full of longing.
They still endeavour to capture her image,
that she herself forever softened.

Smiling, she graciously allowed 
to the wet element a final exposure,
which remains as a result upon the sea
until this very day.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-04-20
Line count: 12
Word count: 67