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Wie schön bist du

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie schön bist du,
Freundliche Stille, himmlische Ruh! -
Sehet, wie die klaren Sterne
Wandeln in des Himmels [Aun]1,
Und auf uns [herniederschaun]2,
Schweigend aus der blauen Ferne.

Wie schön bist du,
Freundliche Stille, himmlische Ruh! -
Schweigend naht des Lenzes Milde
Sich der Erde weichem Schooß,
Kränzt den Silberquell mit Moos,
Und mit Blumen die Gefilde.

Wie schön bist du,
Freundliche Stille, himmlische Ruh! -
Wenn nicht mehr des Wetters Wogen
Um den Himmel tobend ziehn,
Donner krachen, Blitze sprühn, 
Blüht des Friedens stiller Bogen.

Wie schön bist du,
Freundliche Stille, himmlische Ruh! -
Wo der Wellen rauh Getümmel 
Schweigt, des Meeres Brausen ruht, 
In der unbewegten Fluth
Glänzt der klare, blaue Himmel.

Wie schön bist du,
Freundliche Stille, himmlische Ruh! -
Nicht zu Salems hohen Thoren, 
Zu der Königsstädte Pracht 
Stieg die heil'ge Wundernacht, 
Aus des Urlichts Quell gebohren.

Wie schön bist du,
Freundliche Stille, himmlische Ruh! -
Engelchöre sangen Lieder 
In des Nachthauchs leisem Wehn,
Und auf Bethlehms stille Höhn
Schwebten Seraphim hernieder. -

Wie schön bist du,
Freundliche Stille, himmlische Ruh! -
In des Kindes zarter Hülle, 
In der heil'gen Mutter Schooß,
Auf der Krippe weichem Moos 
Lag des ew'gen Lichtes Fülle!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Festbüchlein. Eine Schrift für das Volk von F. A. Krummacher. Zweites Bändchen. Das Christfest. Duisburg und Essen, bei Bädeker und Kürzel, Universitätsbuchhändlern. 1810, pages 170-171.

Note: This is the first version of Krummacher's Die Stille. He published a different version of this poem in 1821, see below.

1 Schubert: "Auen"
2 Schubert: "hernieder schauen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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)

Set in a modified version by .

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael Berridge) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Daniel Faure) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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How fair are you, friendly stillness,...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

How fair are you, friendly stillness, heavenly peace!
See how the bright stars
take their course through the meadows of heaven
and gaze down upon us,
silently, silently from the blue yonder.

How fair are you, friendly stillness, heavenly peace!
Silently Spring's warmth
draws near to the earth's soft bosom,
garlands the silver spring with moss
and the fields with flowers.

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Translation of title "Die Nacht" = "The night"


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