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Die stille Wasserrose

Language: German

[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?



Translation(s): ENG DUT FRE ENG

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Lange-Müller: "Stille Lotosblume du" ; C. Schumann: "Die stille Lotusblume" or "Die stille Lotosblume"
2 Gade, Kücken, Liszt, Raff, C. Schumann: "Die Blätter flimmern und blitzen"
3 Kücken: "singet"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in English, a translation by Lilian Rebecca Clarke (1842 - 1921) , "The water-lily", from Exotics: Attempts To Domesticate Them DUT FRE
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "The quiet lotus-blossom/water-rose", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch (Wijtse Rodenburg) , "De stille waterlelie", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , "La fleur de lotus immobile", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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