by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation by Lilian Rebecca Clarke (1842 - 1921), as "L. C."

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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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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  • 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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Last modified: 2017-05-02 16:36:18
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The water‑lily
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A silent water-lily 
From the dark lake doth rise ; 
Her tender snow-white blossom 
On the still water lies. 

The moon, from highest heaven, 
Pours down its golden light ; 
And all its rays are gathered 
Into that blossom bright. 

Around that snow-white flower 
A singing swan doth float ; 
It is his dying hour, 
It is his dying note. 

He pours his soul in music, 
His heart must break, ere long; 
O flower, -- snow-white flower ! 
Wilt thou not hear the song ?

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Text added to the website: 2012-04-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:52
Line count: 16
Word count: 84