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Language: German (Deutsch)

Das Tagewerk ist abgetan,
Gib, Vater, deinen Segen!
Nun dürfen wir der Ruhe nahn;
Wir taten nach Vermögen.
Die holde Nacht umhüllt die Welt,
Und Stille herrscht in Dorf und Feld.

Wenn du getreu vollendet hast,
Wozu dich Gott bestellte,
Behaglich fühlst du dann die Rast
Vom Tun in Hitz und Kälte.
Am Himmel glänzt der Abendstern
Und zeigt noch beß're Rast von fern.

Translation(s): DUT ENG

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , title 1: "Song of evening", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Avondlied", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:55
Line count: 12
Word count: 64

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Song of evening

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The day’s work is done,
Give us, Father, your blessing!
Permit us now to approach our rest;
We have done what we were able.
The gentle night enshrouds the world,
And stillness reigns in village and field.

If you have faithfully completed
That which God established for you,
Then, at ease, take your rest
From toiling in heat and cold.
From heaven, the evening star twinkles
And promises even greater rest, from afar.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2015 by Michael P. Rosewall, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Heinrich Voss (1751 - 1826) DUT
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-08-24.
Last modified: 2015-08-24 13:17:59
Line count: 12
Word count: 73