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Meeres Stille

by Franz Schubert

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Meeres Stille
German source: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser,
Ohne Regung ruht das Meer,
Und bekümmert sieht der Schiffer
Glatte Fläche rings umher.
Keine Luft von keiner Seite!
Todesstille fürchterlich!
In der ungeheueren Weite
Reget keine Welle sich.

Calm at Sea
English translation © Richard Wigmore

Profound calm reigns over the waters,
the sea lies motionless;
anxiously the sailor beholds
the glassy surface all around.
No breeze from any quarter!
A fearful, deathly calm!
In the vast expanse
no wave stirs.

Meeres Stille
German source: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Calm at Sea
English source: Richard Wigmore

Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser,
Profound calm reigns over the waters,
Ohne Regung ruht das Meer,
the sea lies motionless;
Und bekümmert sieht der Schiffer
anxiously the sailor beholds
Glatte Fläche rings umher.
the glassy surface all around.
Keine Luft von keiner Seite!
No breeze from any quarter!
Todesstille fürchterlich!
A fearful, deathly calm!
In der ungeheueren Weite
In the vast expanse
Reget keine Welle sich.
no wave stirs.

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on…

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