by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Catherine Beloin

Als ich auf dem Euphrat schiffte
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
 Als ich auf dem Euphrat schiffte,
 Streifte sich der goldne Ring 
 Finger ab, in Wasserklüfte,
 Den ich jüngst von dir empfing.
 Also träumt ich. Morgenröte
 Blitzt' ins Auge durch den Baum,
 Sag, Poete, sag, Prophete!
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  • by Johanna Kinkel, née Mockel (1810 - 1858), "Traumdeutung", op. 10 (Sechs Lieder) no. 5, published 1839, note: the text consists of stanza 1 of "Als ich auf dem Euphrat schiffte" followed by the first two stanzas of "Dies zu deuten bin erbötig!".

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "When I was sailing on the Euphrates", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Catherine Beloin) , title 1: "Alors que je naviguais sur l'Euphrate", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Viaggiavo in nave sul fiume Eufrate", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 9
Word count: 40

Alors que je naviguais sur l'Euphrate
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Alors que je naviguais sur l'Euphrate,
 l'anneau d'or a glissé
 de mon doigt, dans l'eau profonde,
 l'anneau que j'avais reçu de toi récemment.

 Ainsi était mon rêve. L'aurore rouge
 m'ébouissait à travers les arbres.
 Dis, poète, dis, prophète,
 que signifie ce rêve?


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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-10
Line count: 9
Word count: 43