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Row gently here

Language: English

    Row gently here,
    My gondolier,
  So softly wake the tide,
    That not an ear, 
    On earth, may hear,
  But hers to whom we glide.
Had Heaven but tongues to speak, as well
  As starry eyes to see,
Oh, think what tales 'twould have to tell
  Of wand'ring youths like me!

    Now rest thee here,
    My gondolier,
  Hush, hush, for up I go,
    To climb yon light
    Balcony's height,
  While thou keep'st watch below.
Ah! did we take for Heaven above
  But half such pains as we
Take, day and night, for woman's love,
  What Angels we should be!

Translation(s): GER GER

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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:

Text added to the website: 2003-11-19 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:00

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Der Gondolier

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Sanft rud're hier, 
Mein Gondolier, 
Daß still die Welle rauscht,
Und außer ihr,
Die wartet hier, 
Kein irdisch Ohr uns lauscht.
Könnte der Himmelsaugen Heer 
Verrathen, was es sieht,
Es kündete Euch manche Mähr 
Von dem, was Nachts geschieht.

Jetzt rud're hier 
Mein Gondolier,
Ich klimm' hinauf, sacht, sacht! 
Hoch zum Balkon 
Schwing' ich mich schon,
Du halte unten Wacht.
O, wenn mit halb so viel Geduld,
Wie um der Minne Lohn
Wir buhlten um des Himmels Huld,
Wir wären Engel schon.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in English by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852), "Row gently here", subtitle: "Venetian air", appears in National Airs, first published 1822
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Benjamin Carr, Edward L. Hopkins, Paul van Katwijk. Go to the text.

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

  • by Friedrich Klose (1862 - 1942), "Der Gondolier", op. 4 (Drei Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 1, published 1888 [voice and piano], Berlin, Fr. Luckhardt [
     text not verified 

Text added to the website: 2013-05-30 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:12

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Word count: 82