by Michel Berend (1834 - 1866)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Nun ist der laute Tag verhallt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
   Nun ist der laute Tag verhallt,
Und Frieden dämmert wieder,
Der Abend singt durch Feld und Wald
Die leisen Schlummerlieder;
Die Luft durchzieht ein weicher Klang,
Wie der Natur Gutnachtgesang --
Ave Maria!

   Da kommt auf leisem Silberschuh
Die fromme Nacht geschritten
Und bringet Trost und sanfte Ruh'
Den Herzen, die drum bitten;
Die Stirn ein Diadem umflicht
Aus Mondesgold und Sternenlicht --
Ave Maria!

   Und wo sie hinkommt, allerwärts,
Da schweigt das stürmische Leben --
Es muß sich auch das wildeste Herz
Dem süßen Bann ergeben;
Dem Zauberspruch des Traums, der Ruh',
Daß sie so sanft ihm flüstert zu --
Ave Maria!

   [O holde Fee, den Palmenzweig,
Senk' auch auf meine Lider!]1
Gib mir in deinem Friedenreich
Auch meinen Frieden wieder!
Auf [deinem Zaubermantel]2 trag'
Entgegen mich dem [neuen]3 Tag --
Ave Maria!

F. Abt sets stanzas 2, 4 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
F. Abt sets stanzas 1-2, 4 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Unterhaltungen am häuslichen Herd, Neue Folge, Erster Band, Nr. 2 (Leipzig, 1856), page 32.

1 Abt: "Maria senk' den Palmenzweig,/ Herab auf meine Lieder"
2 Abt: "deiner Liebe Mantel "
3 Abt: "jungen"


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Now the sound of the loud day has died...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
   Now the [sound of the] loud day has died away,
And peace returns once more,
Through fields and woods the evening sings
Its quiet slumber songs;
A soft sound passes through the air,
Like the good-night-song of nature --
Ave Maria!

   Upon its soft silvery shoe
The good night strides hither
And brings comfort and gentle rest
To hearts that ask to receive it;
Its brow is encircled by a diadem
Made of the gold of the moon and the light of the stars --
Ave Maria!

   And wherever night goes, everywhere,
Stormy life falls silent --
Even the wildest heart must give itself
Over to the sweet enchantment;
To the magic spell of dreams, of rest,
That night whispers so gently to it --
Ave Maria!

   [Oh lovely fairy, the palm branch
Lay also upon my eyelids!]1
In your realm of peace
Give me back my peace as well!
Upon [your magical cloak]2 carry me
Towards the [new]3 day --
Ave Maria!

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Translations of title(s):
"Abendfrieden" = "Evening peace"
"Ave Maria" = "Ave Maria"
"Ave Maria (Abendfeier)" = "Ave Maria (Evening celebration)"

1 Abt: "Mary lay the palm branch,/ Down upon my songs"
2 Abt: "the mantle of your love"
3 Abt: "young"


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