by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by David Kenneth Smith

Die stille Wasserrose
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG FRE
[Die stille Wasserrose]1
Steigt aus dem blauen See,
[Die feuchten Blätter zittern]2,
Der Kelch ist weiß wie Schnee.

Da gießt der Mond vom Himmel
All' seinen gold'nen Schein,
Gießt alle seine Strahlen
In ihren Schoß hinein.

Im Wasser um die Blume
Kreiset ein weißer Schwan
Er [singt]3 so süß, so leise
Und schaut die Blume an.

Er singt so süß, so leise
Und will im Singen vergehn.
O Blume, weiße Blume,
Kannst du das Lied verstehn?

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1 C. Schumann: "Die stille Lotusblume" or "Die stille Lotosblume"
2 Gade, Kücken, Liszt, Raff, C. Schumann: "Die Blätter flimmern und blitzen"
3 Kücken: "singet"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wijtse Rodenburg) , "De stille waterlelie", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "The quiet lotus-blossom/water-rose", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La fleur de lotus immobile", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-05-02 16:36:18
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The quiet lotus‑blossom/water‑rose
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The quiet lotus blossom
sprouts from the pond so blue,
its leaves all glimmer and sparkle,
its bud is white as snow.

The moon pours down from heaven
all of its golden shine,
pours all its golden moonbeams
into her blossom heart.

In water 'round the blossom
circles the whitest swan
it sings so sweet, so softly
and gazes on the bloom.

It sings so sweet, so softly
and would but perish in song.
O blossom, whitest blossom,
can you conceive the song?

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:29
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