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Sonntags am Rhein

by Robert Schumann From Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers (1840) Op. 36 22–23.vii & viii.1840

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Sonntags am Rhein
German source: Robert Reinick

Des Sonntags in der Morgenstund’
Wie wandert’s sich so schön
Am Rhein, wenn rings in weiter Rund
Die Morgenglocken gehn!

Ein Schifflein zieht auf blauer Flut,
Da singt’s und jubelt’s drein;
Du Schifflein, gelt, das fährt sich gut
In all die Lust hinein?

Vom Dorfe hallet Orgelton,
Es tönt ein frommes Lied,
Andächtig dort die Prozession
Aus der Kapelle zieht.

Und ernst in all die Herrlichkeit
Die Burg herniederschaut
Und spricht von alter, guter Zeit,
Die auf den Fels gebaut.

Das alles beut der prächtge Rhein
An seinem Rebenstrand,
Und spiegelt recht im hellsten Schein
Das ganze Vaterland,

Das fromme, treue Vaterland
In seiner vollen Pracht,
Mit Lust und Liedern allerhand
Vom lieben Gott bedacht.

Sunday on the Rhine
English translation © Richard Stokes

How good to walk beside the Rhine
On Sunday at the break of day,
When ringing out for miles around
The morning bells resound!

A skiff floats by on blue waves,
Amid singing and rejoicing;
Is it not good, O little ship,
To sail into such happiness?

The village organ rings out
With its solemn hymn,
The procession, reverently,
Sets out from the church.

And grave in the midst of such splendour
The castle gazes down
And tells of the good old days
When men built on firm rock.

The mightly Rhine offers all this
On its vine-clad shore,
And mirrors in brightest reflection
All the fatherland,

That fatherland, devout and true,
In its splendid glory,
With all kinds of joy and song,
Protected by God’s dear hand.

Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Sonntags am Rhein
German source: Robert Reinick

Sunday on the Rhine
English source: Richard Stokes

Des Sonntags in der Morgenstund’
How good to walk beside the Rhine
Wie wandert’s sich so schön
On Sunday at the break of day,
Am Rhein, wenn rings in weiter Rund
When ringing out for miles around
Die Morgenglocken gehn!
The morning bells resound!

Ein Schifflein zieht auf blauer Flut,
A skiff floats by on blue waves,
Da singt’s und jubelt’s drein;
Amid singing and rejoicing;
Du Schifflein, gelt, das fährt sich gut
Is it not good, O little ship,
In all die Lust hinein?
To sail into such happiness?

Vom Dorfe hallet Orgelton,
The village organ rings out
Es tönt ein frommes Lied,
With its solemn hymn,
Andächtig dort die Prozession
The procession, reverently,
Aus der Kapelle zieht.
Sets out from the church.

Und ernst in all die Herrlichkeit
And grave in the midst of such splendour
Die Burg herniederschaut
The castle gazes down
Und spricht von alter, guter Zeit,
And tells of the good old days
Die auf den Fels gebaut.
When men built on firm rock.

Das alles beut der prächtge Rhein
The mightly Rhine offers all this
An seinem Rebenstrand,
On its vine-clad shore,
Und spiegelt recht im hellsten Schein
And mirrors in brightest reflection
Das ganze Vaterland,
All the fatherland,

Das fromme, treue Vaterland
That fatherland, devout and true,
In seiner vollen Pracht,
In its splendid glory,
Mit Lust und Liedern allerhand
With all kinds of joy and song,
Vom lieben Gott bedacht.
Protected by God’s dear hand.

Composer

Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured…

Poet

Robert Reinick

Robert Reinick was a German painter and poet, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. One of his poems, Dem Vaterland, was set to music by Hugo Wolf. Reinick was born in Danzig (Gdańsk) and died in Dresden. Taken from Wikipedia. To view…

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