Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Still bei Nacht fährt manches Schiff
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FIN FRE
Still bei Nacht fährt manches Schiff,
Meerfei kämmt ihr Haar am Riff,
Hebt von Inseln an zu singen,
Die im Meer dort untergingen.1

Wann die Morgenwinde wehn,
Ist nicht Riff noch Fei zu sehn,
Und das Schifflein ist versunken,
Und der Schiffer ist ertrunken.

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1 Schumann inserts an additional stanza here (possibly by Eichendorff, but missing in the published poem):
Purpurrot, smaragdengrün
Sieht's der Schiffer unten blühn,
Silberne Paläste blinken,
Holde Frauenmienen winken:

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Perdu", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2005-03-24 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:13
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Perdu
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Bien des bateaux naviguent en silence dans la nuit,
La sirène peigne ses cheveux sur le récif,
Elle commence à chanter les îles
Qui là-bas ont coulé sous la mer.

Quand soufflent les vents du matin
On ne voit ni sirène ni récif,
Alors le frêle bateau coule
Et le marin se noie.

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Text added to the website: 2011-06-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:24
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Word count: 53