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In stiller Nacht, zur ersten Wacht

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

In stiller Nacht, zur ersten Wacht,
ein Stimm' begunnt zu klagen,
der nächt'ge Wind hat süß und lind
zu mir den Klang getragen.
Von herben Leid und Traurigkeit
ist mir das Herz zerflossen,
die Blümelein, mit Tränen rein
hab' ich sie all' begossen.

Der schöne Mond will untergahn,
für Leid nicht mehr mag scheinen,
die Sterne lan ihr Glitzen stahn,
mit mir sie wollen weinen.
Kein Vogelsang noch Freudenklang
man höret in den Lüften,
die wilden Tier' trauern auch mit mir
in Steinen und in Klüften.

Translation(s): DUT DUT ENG FIN FRE

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

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), original text by Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld (1591 - 1635) , title 1: "Travvr-Gesang von der noth Christi am Oelberg in dem Garten", from Trutznachtigall by Walter Courvoisier.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), adapted by by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown [an adaptation] by Gerard Bunk, Gerard Bunk.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wim Reedijk) , title 1: "Een nacht, heel stil", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title unknown, copyright © 2006
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Milla Valkeasuo) , title 1: "Hiljaisessa yössä, ensimmäisenä", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Dans la nuit tranquille, à la première veille", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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In the quiet night, at the first watch

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

In the quiet night, at the first watch,
a voice began to lament;
sweetly and gently, the night wind
carried to me its sound.
And from such bitter sorrow and grief
my heart has melted.
The little flowers - with my pure tears
I have watered them all.

The beautiful moon wishes to set
out of pain, and never shine again;
the stars will let fade their gleam
for they wish to weep with me.
Neither bird-song nor sound of joy
can one hear in the air;
the wild animals grieve with me as well,
upon the rocks and in the ravines.

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Text added to the website: 2006-01-03.
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