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Der Mond kommt still gegangen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Mond kommt still gegangen
Mit seinem [goldnen]1 Schein,
Da schläft [in]2 holdem Prangen 
Die müde Erde ein.

Im Traum die Wipfel weben,
Die Quellen rauschen sacht;
Singende Engel durchschweben
Die blaue Sternennacht

Und auf den Lüften schwanken
Aus manchem treuen Sinn
Viel tausend Liebesgedanken
Über die Schläfer hin.

Und drunten im Tale, da funkeln
Die Fenster von Liebchens Haus;
Ich aber blicke im Dunkeln
Still in die Welt hinaus.


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C. Schumann sets stanzas 1, 3-4

About the headline (FAQ)

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Confirmed with Emanuel Geibel, Gedichte, vierte Auflage, Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker, 1845, page 18.

1 Bernoully: "holden"
2 Grimm: "mit"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [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) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De maan komt stil gevaren", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "The moon so peaceful rises", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist)
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Night song", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kuu kohoaa hiljaa esiin", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La lune vient doucement", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2019-04-23 10:54:02

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The moon is stilly creeping

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The moon is stilly creeping,
Her silv'ry lustre grows,
Weary the earth is sleeping
In beauteous calm repose.

In dreams the trees are sighing,
The brooklet trips afar;
Angels are singing and flying
Round ev'ry tender star;

And through the distance hover
A thousand fancies dear,
From soul of friend and lover
Unto the sleepers here.

Below in the valley are sparkling
The lights of my dear one's home;
Yet wander I in the darkling,
Far in the world to roam.

About the headline (FAQ)

From the Raff score

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884), "Nachtlied", appears in Jugendgedichte, in 1. Erstes Buch, in Lübeck und Bonn CAT DUT FIN FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Baumgartner, Caroline Luise Agnes Bernouilly, née Mindt, Hermann Finzenhagen, Ernst Paul Flügel, Robert Franz, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Julius Otto Grimm, Alfred Heitsch, Paul Hofmann, Adolf Jensen, Werner Josten, Johanna Kinkel, née Mockel, R. von Knebel-Döberitz, Friederich E. Koch, Marie Henriette König, Eduard Lassen, Edward Alexander MacDowell, Julius Joseph Maier, Erik Meyer-Helmund, Joachim Raff, Hans Michael Schletterer, Clara Schumann, née Wieck, Friedrich Hieronymus Truhn, Rudolf Wurmb. Go to the text.

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

    [ None yet in the database ]

Text added to the website: 2009-02-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42

Line count: 16
Word count: 81