Translation Singable translation by W. G. Rothery

In stiller Nacht, zur ersten Wacht
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT DUT ENG FIN FRE
In stiller Nacht, zur ersten Wacht,
ein Stimm' begunnt zu klagen,
der nächt'ge Wind hat süß und lind
zu mir den Klang getragen.
Von herbem Leid und Traurigkeit
ist mir das Herz zerflossen,
die Blümelein, mit Tränen rein
hab' ich sie all' begossen.

Der schöne [Mond will untergahn]1,
für Leid nicht mehr mag scheinen,
die Sterne lan ihr Glitzen stahn,
mit mir sie wollen weinen.
Kein Vogelsang noch Freudenklang
man höret in den Lüften,
die wilden Tier' trauern auch mit mir
in Steinen und in Klüften.

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1 In Brahms' WoO 33: "Mon will untergon"

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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)

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), adapted by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist [an adaptation] ; composed by Gerard Bunk.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wim Reedijk) , "Een nacht, heel stil", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2006
  • ENG English [singable] (W. G. Rothery ) , "In silent night"
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Milla Valkeasuo) , "Hiljaisessa yössä, ensimmäisenä", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dans la nuit tranquille, à la première veille", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2020-01-26 17:30:29
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In silent night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In silent night, with moonbeams bright,
I hear a voice despairing,
The sighing breeze, above the trees,
Its plaintive murmur bearing;
Ah, bitter woe, that none may know,
My heart in pity weepeth,
My tears bedew the flow'ret blue
That on my pathway sleepeth.

The lady moon is hidden soon,
In grief her beams concealing,
The stars aglow, do fade and go,
To realms supernal stealing;
No song is heard, no waking bird
In gloomy forest crying,
The night winds moan I hear alone
In answer to my sighing.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2019-12-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-12-08 17:53:11
Line count: 16
Word count: 89