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Komm in die stille Nacht!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Komm in die stille Nacht! --
  Liebchen, was zögerst du?
  Sonne ging längst zur Ruh',
  Welt schloß die Augen zu,
Rings nur einzig die Liebe wacht!

Liebchen, was zögerst du?
  Schon sind die Sterne hell,
  Schon ist der Mond zur Stell',
  Eilen so schnell, so schnell!
Liebchen, [mein]1 Liebchen, drum eil' auch du!

Sonne ging längst zur Ruh! --
  Traust wohl dem Schimmer nicht,
  Der durch die Blüthen bricht?
  Treu ist des Mondes Licht.
Liebchen, mein Liebchen, was fürchtest du?

Welt schloß die Augen zu!
  Blumen und Blüthenbaum
  Schlummern in süßen Traum,
  Erde, sie athmet kaum,
Liebe nur schaut dem Liebenden zu! --

Einzig die Liebe wacht,
  Ruft dich allüberall.
  Höre die Nachtigall,
  Hör' meiner Stimme Schall,
Liebchen, o komm in die stille Nacht!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-2, 5

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1 Wolf: "ach"

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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)

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) , "Serenade (Kom in de stille nacht!)", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Serenade", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sérénade", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Vieni nella notte tranquilla", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
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Serenade (Kom in de stille nacht!)

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

Kom in de stille nacht! ---
Liefje, waardoor belet?
Lang is de zon te bed,
Mensen, die slapen net,
Alom enkel de liefde wacht!
Liefje, waardoor belet?
Reeds zijn de sterren daar,
Reeds schijnt de maan ook klaar,
Rep je nu snel van daar!
Liefje, mijn liefje, verhaast je tred!
Lang is de zon te bed! --
Vertrouw1 je de glans soms niet
Die door de bloesems schiet?
Trouw is het licht der maan.
Liefje, mijn liefje, waardoor ontzet?
Mensen, die slapen net!
Bloemen en bloesemboom
Sluim'ren in zoete droom,
D' aarde is stil en vroom,
Liefde nu op verliefden slechts  let! --
Enkel de liefde wacht,
Roept je voor zoet onthaal.
Hoor toch de nachtegaal,
Hoor toch mijn liefdestaal,
Liefje, o kom in de stille nacht!

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1 Vertrouw: ver- te zingen op een voorslag.


  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2012 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852), "Komm in die stille Nacht!", appears in Lieder, in Frühling und Liebe, first published 1844 CAT ENG FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Valentin Eduard Becker, Georg Bradsky, Otto Dorn, Karl Anton Florian Eckert, Robert Kahn, Friedrich [Fritz] Kirchner, Eduard Lassen, Alphonse Maurice, Emil Nauwerk, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, W. Rose, Carl Schultz, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Johann Baptist Zerlett, Paul Zilcher. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-08-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:01
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Word count: 125