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Sweet and low, sweet and low

Language: English

Sweet and low, sweet and low
   Wind of the western sea,
Low, low, breathe and blow,
   Wind of the western sea!
Over the rolling waters go,
Come from the dying moon, and blow,
   Blow him again to me,
While my little one, while my pretty one, sleeps.

Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,
   Father will come to thee soon;
Rest, rest, on mother's breast,
   Father will come to thee soon;
Father will come to his babe in the nest,
Silver sails all out of the west
   Under the silver moon!
Sleep my little one, sleep my pretty one, sleep.

Translation(s): GER GER GER GER

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Note: The Princess: A Medley was first published in 1847. This poem was added in the 1850 edition.

Submitted by Virginia Knight


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 Marian McLaughlin, Anthony L. W. Scott.

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

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Sanft und sacht", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Sanft und sacht

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Sanft und sacht, sanft und sacht
weht es von Westen her;
sacht, sacht, kaum erwacht
Wind auf dem westlichen Meer!
Über der wogenden Wellen Pracht
weh' durch die mondbeglänzte Nacht,
trage ihn zu mir her -
Schlummre sanft mein Kind, schlummre süß mein Kind, ruh!

Schlummre fest, schlummre fest,
Vater wird bald bei dir sein;
ruh', ruh' im Arme fest,
Vater tritt bald bei uns ein;
Vater schaut bald auf sein Kindlein im Nest,
silbern winken Segel aus West
im Silbermondenschein!
Schlummre sanft mein Kind, schlummre süß mein Kind, ruh!

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Based on
  • a text in English by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892), appears in The Princess
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Stephen Adams, William Henry Anderson, Johan Backer-Lunde, Joseph Barnby, Sir, Otto Dresel, Gustav Holst, Sidney Homer, Leonard J[ordan] Lehrman, Alfred Humphries Pease, Graham Peel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-05-02 00:00:00.
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