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Translation Singable translation by Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedt (1819 - 1892)

Белеет парус одинокий
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Белеет парус одинокий
В тумане моря голубом.
Что ищет он в стране далёкой?
Что кинул он в краю родном?

Играют волны, ветер свищет,
И мачта гнётся и скрипит;
Увы, он счастия не ищет
И не от счастия бежит!

Под ним струя светлей лазури,
Над ним луч солнца золотой,
А он, мятежный, просит бури,
Как будто в бурях есть покой!

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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):

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

  • ENG English (Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi) , "The sail", appears in Russian Lyrics, first published 1916


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 59

Das Schiff
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Einsam auf blauer Wasserwüste
Ein Segelweißes Schiff sich wiegt,
Was trieb es fort von heim'scher Küste,
Daß es zu fremden Landen fliegt?

Ihm schnaubt die Flut, der Sturm entgegen,
Bald kracht es vorwärts, bald zurück --
Es sucht kein Glück auf fremden Wegen,
Ließ in der Heimat auch kein Glück.

Die Wasser unter ihm sich thürmen,
Durch Wolken [sieht]1 die Sonne zu,
Es läßt sich schaukeln von den Stürmen,
Als fänd' es in den Stürmen Ruh.

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1 Rubinstein: "schaut"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English [singable] (Constance Bache) (William Stigand, né Stigant) , "The ship"


Researcher for this text: Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2011-06-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 75