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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!


Translation(s): DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA

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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 Gottlieb Löwe in Breslau. [1783], 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 and Malcolm Wren and Peter Rastl

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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, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • 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


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Canto della sera

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

Già sorge la luna
E splendono le stelle dorate
Nel cielo luminoso e chiaro;
Il bosco è scuro e silenzioso
e dai prati si leva
una meravigliosa foschia bianca.
 
Come è quieto il mondo
Avvolto nel crepuscolo,
così intimo e incantevole,
come una stanza tranquilla,
dove gli affanni del giorno
possono essere dimenticati nel sonno.
 
Vedi la luna lassù?
Se ne vede solo metà
Eppure è rotonda e bella!
E' lo stesso per molte cose,
di cui siamo soliti prenderci gioco,
perché i nostri occhi non le vedono.
 
Noi superbi figli dell'uomo
Siamo poveri e presuntuosi peccatori,
e non conosciamo bene niente;
Intessiamo fantasie fatte d'aria,
e molte arti cerchiamo di imparare
allontanandoci però dalla vera meta.
 
Dio, mostraci la via della salvezza,
distoglici da ciò che è transitorio
e dal piacere delle cose vane!
Rendici semplici,
e al tuo cospetto, su questa terra,
facci diventare pii e gioiosi come bambini!
 
E se infine vorrai toglierci
alle angosce di questo mondo
attraverso una morte serena,
quando ci prenderai con te,
permettici di venire in cielo,
tu, nostro Signore e nostro Dio!
 
Così si addormenti ognuno, fratelli,
nel nome del Signore!
Fredda si è fatta la brezza serale,
risparmiaci, Signore, ogni pena,
concedi un riposo sereno
a noi e a chi è sofferente.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "Abendlied" DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Stephan Baekers, Gustav Barth, Friedrich, Freiherr von Dalberg, H. 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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