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Der Mond ist aufgegangen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Mond ist aufgegangen,
[Die goldnen Sternlein prangen]1
  Am Himmel hell und klar.
Der Wald steht schwarz und schweiget,
Und aus den Wiesen steiget
  Der weisse Nebel wunderbar.

Wie ist die Welt so stille,
Und in der Dämmrung Hülle
  So traulich und so hold!
Als eine stille Kammer,
Wo ihr des Tages Jammer
  Verschlafen und vergessen sollt.

Seht ihr den Mond dort stehen? -
Er ist nur halb zu sehen,
  Und ist doch rund und schön!
So sind wohl manche Sachen,
Die wir getrost belachen,
  Weil unsre Augen sie nicht sehn.

Wir stolze Menschenkinder
Sind eitel arme Sünder,
  Und wissen gar nicht viel.
Wir spinnen Luftgespinnste
Und suchen viele Künste,
  Und kommen weiter von dem Ziel.

Gott, laß [uns dein Heil]2 schauen,
Auf nichts Vergänglichs trauen,
  Nicht Eitelkeit uns freun!
Laß uns einfältig werden,
Und vor dir hier auf Erden
  Wie Kinder fromm und fröhlich seyn!

            *  *  *

Wollst endlich sonder Grämen
Aus dieser Welt uns nehmen
  Durch einen sanften Tod!
Und, wenn du uns genommen,
Laß uns [im]3 Himmel kommen,
  Du [unser Herr und unser]4 Gott!

So legt euch denn, ihr Brüder,
In Gottes Namen nieder;
  Kalt ist der Abendhauch.
Verschon' uns, Gott! mit Strafen,
Und laß uns ruhig schlafen!
  Und unsern kranken Nachbar auch!


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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-5
P. Geisler sets stanzas 1-2, 5
F. Gernsheim sets stanzas 1-5

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Confirmed with ASMUS omnia sua SECUM portans, oder Sämmtliche Werke des Wandsbecker Bothen, IV. Theil. Beym Verfasser, und in Commißion bey Friedrich Perthes in Hamburg. [1782], pages 91-92; with Poetische Blumenlese für das Jahr 1779. Herausgegeben von Joh. Heinr. Voß. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn, pages 184-186; and with Johann Gottfried Herder's Volkslieder. Nebst untermischten andern Stücken. Zweyter Theil. Leipzig, in der Weygandschen Buchhandlung, 1779, pages 297-298.

Note: Herder's Volkslieder prints only the first five stanzas, and Claudius (in his ASMUS complete edition) separates the first five stanzas with three asterisks from the remaining two.

1 This line is a quotation from Paul Gerhardt's 'Nun ruhen alle Wälder' (a text in the same verse form used by Claudius here)
2 Geisler, Gernsheim, Schubert: "dein Heil uns"
3 Claudius (Musenalmanach), Geisler, Gernsheim: "in"
4 Claudius (Musenalmanach): "lieber treuer frommer"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] 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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Avondlied", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Evening Song", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) (Walter A. Aue) , "Evening song", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant du soir", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canto della sera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-02-15 02:53:05

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Evening Song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 The moon has risen,
 the tiny golden stars shine
 in the heavens bright and clear;
 the forest stands dark and silent,
 and from the meadows climbs
 a wondrous white mist.

 How still is the world,
 and in the veil of twilight,
 as comfortable and lovely
 as a quiet chamber,
 where the misery of the day
 you will sleep away and forget.

 Do you see the moon standing there?
 There is only half of it to see,
 and yet it is round, and fair!
 So it is with many things
 that we mock confidently,
 Because our eyes see them not.

 We proud children of man
 are vain, poor sinners
 and we know nothing well.
 We spin airy nothings
 and search for many arts,
 but we merely move further from our goal.

 God, show us Salvation!
 Make us aspire after nothing transitory
 and rejoice not in vanity!
 Let us become simple,
 and before You here on earth,
 let us become as pious and joyous as children!

 Might You, at the end, without pain,
 Take us from the world
 through gentle death,
 and when you have taken us,
 let us arrive in Heaven,
 Thou, our Lord and our God?

 Then lie down, brothers,
 in God's name, lie down!
 Cold is the breeze of the evening;
 spare us, God, Thy punishments
 and let us sleep peacefully -
 and our ill neighbour as well!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "Abendlied" CAT DAN DUT FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Stephan Baekers, Gustav Barth, Friedrich, Freiherr von Dalberg, Heinrich Elkamp, Gottfried Emil Fischer, Paul Geisler, Friedrich Gernsheim, Miriam Gideon, Wilhelm Ferdinand Halter, Antonio Müller-Herrneck, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, Oskar Ulmer. Go to the text.


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