Die Wasserrose (Niels Wilhelm Gade)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-18)  CPDL #58037:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-04-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English translation. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2019-04-13)  CPDL #53957:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif ExtMuse3.png
Editor: Jes Wagner (submitted 2019-04-13).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 252 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Nr. 2 of 5 in opus 13.

General Information

Title: Die Wasserrose
Composer: Niels Wilhelm Gade
Lyricist: Emanuel Geibel

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1846 Leipzig: Fr. Kistner
    2nd published: 1883 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 16, no. 451
    3rd published: 1915 in Volksliederbuch für gemischten Chor, no. 201

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Die stille Wasserrose
steigt aus dem blaueb See,
die Blätter flimmern und blitzen,
der Kelch ist weiß wie Schnee.
Da gießt det Mond vom Himmel all'
seinen gold'nen Schein, gießt alle seine
Strahlen in ihren Schooß hinein.

Im Wasser um die Blume kreiset ein
weißer Schwan, er singt 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?

English.png English translation

Upon the deep blue water
A flower is seen to blow,
Its leaves, they glitter and sparkle,
Its cup is white as snow,
The moon on high is rising,
Pouring her silver beams
Upon its snowy bosom,
As o'er the lake she gleams.

And graceful round the blossom
Gently a swan doth glide,
He sweetly sings, and gazing,
He woos the blooming bride.
While thus so sweetly singing,
He fain would there remain;
O say then, lovely lily,
Canst thou the song explain?
Chaste lily,
Canst thou the song explain?