Singable translation by Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedt (1819 - 1892)
Translation Singable translation possibly by Constance Bache (1846 - 1903) and possibly by William Stigand, né Stigant (1825 - 1915)

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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  • ENG English [singable] (Constance Bache) (William Stigand, né Stigant) , title 1: "The ship"


Researcher for this text: Harry Joelson

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

The ship
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Lonely through desert ocean wending,
With sail outspread the vessel flies,
What drove her, hometies roughly rending,
To seek a home 'neath foreign skies?

The storm against her wildly surging,
Whelms prow and deck with sea and foam,
No hope afar she sees emerging,
She left no hope alas, at home!

The billows under her are tow'ring,
A wat'ry sun illumes the west:
She rocks beneath the tempest low'ring,
As though in storms she found her rest!

Note: from a Rubinstein score. It is unclear which of the two translators listed on the front page wrote this particular translation.

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Researcher for this text: Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2011-06-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 77