The slender waterlily

Für die Liebe!

Text by Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
Set by Sergei Vasil'jevich Rachmaninov (1873-1943), op. 8 no. 1 "Rechnaja lileja"
Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe (1796-1869), 1847
Translated to English by Lawrence Snyder
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The slender waterlily
Gazed dreaming up out of the lake.
The moon greeted her from above
With bright love plaints.

Shyly she lowers her little head
Down to the waters again --
There she sees at her feet
That poor pale fellow.