Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Calm at sea

Odilon Redon, The Boat (Virgin with Corona), 1897

Silence deep rules o’er the waters,
 calmly slumb’ring lies the main,
 while the sailor views with trouble
 nought but one vast level plain.
Not a zephyr is in motion!
Silence fearful as the grave!
In the mighty waste of ocean
 sunk to rest is ev’ry wave.

Regna quiete cupa:
immoto giace il mare,
e il navigante scruta
 ansioso l’acqua uguale.
Nessun alito da nessuna parte.
Cieca quiete atroce.
Nell’ immenso deserto
 nessun’ onda si muove.