Translation by Jaroslav Vrchlický (1853 - 1912)

There be none of Beauty's daughters
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT ITA
There be none of Beauty's daughters
  With a magic like thee;
And like music on the waters
  Is thy sweet voice to me:
When, as if its sound were causing
The [charmèd]1 ocean's pausing,
The waves lie still and gleaming,
And the lull'd winds seem dreaming:

And the midnight moon is weaving
  Her bright chain o'er the deep;
Whose breast is gently heaving
  As an infant's asleep:
So the spirit bows before thee,
To listen and adore thee;
With a full but soft emotion,
Like the swell of Summer's ocean.

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1 Mendelssohn: "charm'd"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Danish (Dansk), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist [an adaptation] ; composed by Emil Sjögren.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation possibly by Karl Klingemann (1798 - 1862); composed by Felix Mendelssohn.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Otto Gildemeister (1823 - 1902) ; composed by Alexander Ritter, Hugo Wolf.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Ludwig Hess.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Nikolai Platonovich Ogaryov (1813 - 1877) , "Стансы" ; composed by K. N. Starcev.

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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Sloky pro hudbu"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Alexis Paulin Pâris) , "Stances à mettre en musique"
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Fra tutte le più belle", copyright © 2009, (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.
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Word count: 90

Sloky pro hudbu
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the English 
Žádná, věř mi, z všech dcer krásy
nesrovná se s krásou tvou,
zní mi sladké tvoje hlasy
jako hudba nad vodou,
když se moře zkolébalo,
jaté v čas by naslouchalo,
světlé vlnky jen se pění,
uspán zdřímne vítr v snění.

Půlnoční když měsíc z ticha
tká svůj řetěz v tůni vln,
jichž prs v spánku sotva dýchá
jak sen děcka čarupln;
duch můj před tebou se sklání,
plesem zpitý, v zadumání
zkolebán a prostý hoře
jako v letní večer moře.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-05-12
Line count: 16
Word count: 80