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Die stille Wasserrose

Language: German (Deutsch)

[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

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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) , title 1: "The water-lily", from Exotics: Attempts To Domesticate Them DUT FRE
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , title 1: "The quiet lotus-blossom/water-rose", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wijtse Rodenburg) , title 1: "De stille waterlelie", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La fleur de lotus immobile", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The quiet lotus‑blossom/water‑rose

Language: English

The quiet lotus blossom
sprouts from the pond so blue,
its leaves all glimmer and sparkle,
its bud is white as snow.

The moon pours down from heaven
all of its golden shine,
pours all its golden moonbeams
into her blossom heart.

In water 'round the blossom
circles the whitest swan
it sings so sweet, so softly
and gazes on the bloom.

It sings so sweet, so softly
and would but perish in song.
O blossom, whitest blossom,
can you conceive the song?



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Authorship

    * Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 1996 by David Kenneth Smith <dksmith (AT) geneva.edu>, http://www.geneva.edu/~dksmith/clara/schumann.html, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol © and the URL http://www.lieder.net/

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