Thank you to all the generous supporters who helped us raise $15,792 for our site-renewal project! We can't wait for you to see what we're building! Your ongoing donations are essential for The LiederNet Archive to continue in its mission of providing this unique resource to the world, so if you didn't get a chance to contribute during the overhaul drive, your help in any amount is still valuable.

The LiederNet Archive

Much of our material is not in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
Printing texts or translations without the name of the author or translator is also illegal.
You must use the copyright symbol © when you reprint copyright-protected material.

For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
Please read the instructions below the translations before writing!
In your e-mail, always include the names of the translators if you wish to reprint something.

Gute Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Fremd bin ich eingezogen,
Fremd zieh' ich wieder aus.
Der Mai war mir gewogen
Mit manchem Blumenstrauß.
Das Mädchen sprach von Liebe,
Die Mutter gar von Eh' -
Nun ist die Welt so trübe,
Der Weg gehüllt in Schnee.

Ich kann zu meiner Reisen
Nicht wählen mit der Zeit:
Muß selbst den Weg mir weisen
In dieser Dunkelheit.
Es zieht ein Mondenschatten
Als mein Gefährte mit,
Und auf den weißen Matten
Such' ich des Wildes Tritt.

Was soll ich länger weilen,
[Bis]1 man mich trieb' hinaus?
Laß irre Hunde heulen
Vor ihres Herren Haus!
Die Liebe liebt das Wandern, -
Gott hat sie so gemacht -
Von Einem zu dem Andern -
Fein Liebchen, gute Nacht!

Will dich im Traum nicht stören,
Wär' Schad' um deine Ruh',
Sollst meinen Tritt nicht hören -
Sacht, sacht die Thüre zu!
[Ich schreibe nur im Gehen]2
An's Thor [noch]3 gute Nacht,
Damit du mögest sehen,
[Ich hab' an dich]4 gedacht.


List of language codes

View original text (without footnotes)

Confirmed with Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten. Herausgegeben von Wilhelm Müller. Zweites Bändchen. Deßau 1824. Bei Christian Georg Ackermann, pages 77-78; and with Urania. Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1823. Neue Folge, fünfter Jahrgang. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1823, pages 209-210.

First published in Urania (see above) with the title "Gute Nacht!" as no. 1 of Wanderlieder von Wilhelm Müller. Die Winterreise. In 12 Liedern.

1 Müller (Urania), and Schubert: "Daß"
2 Müller (Urania), and Schubert: "Schreib' im Vorübergehen"
3 Müller (Urania), and Schubert: "dir"
4 Schubert: "An dich hab' ich"

Submitted by Ofer Sheinberg and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Bona nit", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Goede nacht", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Arthur Rishi) , "Good Night", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "Good night", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Hyvää yötä – Hyvästi", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Bonne nuit", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Pieter Wiersma) , "Goeie Nacht", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "לילה טוב", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Codladh sámh", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Buona notte", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "안녕히!", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , "Buenas noches", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2017-11-21 12:07:47

Line count: 32
Word count: 157

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

Codladh sámh

Language: Irish (Gaelic) after the German (Deutsch)

Do thánasa im' stráinséir
Mar sin arís imeod.
Bealtaine bhí cineálta
Is fial lena cuid flós.
Faoin ngrá a labhair an aoileann
Faoin bpósadh bean an tí –
Anois tá an domhan ‘na gheimhreadh
Is sneachta romham sa tslí.
Cathain an bóthar ‘bhualadh
Sin rud nach eol dom fós,
Mo bhealach féin a dhéanamh,
An dorchadas romham.
Tá scáil ón ré in airde
Mar thaistealaí le m’ais
Is ar na móinteáin bhána
Cuardód an rian i gclais.
Cén fáth a bhfanfainn tamall
Go ruaigfí mé le fán’?
Madraí strae ag tafann
Ag tafann ar an mbán.
Geal leis an ngrá an fhánaíocht
Dia a leag síos an t-acht –
Ó pháirtí ‘dtí a pháirtí –
A stóirín, ‘Gute Nacht’!
Do bhrionglóid ní chorródsa
Ní chorródsa do shuan,
I gciúnas a imeodsa
Mar bháidín beag sa chuan. 
Is fágfad focal scríofa
Im dhiaidhse: ‘Codladh sámh!’
Mar tá mo chroíse sníofa
Id chroíse, a stór, go brách.

The material directly above falls under a Creative Commons license. Please read the license linked below if you wish to copy and distribute the above text, and remember to give credit to the author.


Based on


Text added to the website: 2014-10-30 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-11-19 21:12:29

Line count: 32
Word count: 155