Hello Psiche, welcome to Using English!
I believe there may be an error in that text; the terminal "he" should be "lie" (note that the word has to rhyme with "sky").
"The melancholy waters lie all around, quiet and still, as if in resignation. The winds do not disturb them."
"The waters" = "the sea".
"Lifting winds" means "winds that stir up (the sea)."
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