by Friedrich Heinrich Oser (1820 - 1891)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Nun schlafen die Vöglein im Neste,
Nun schlummern die Blüthen am Strauch,
Und unter dem Himmel die Weste,
Horch, horch! sie ruhen nun auch.

Nur droben, da wachen die Sterne
Und singen ihr ewiges Lied,
Das, hallend [aus]1 endloser Ferne,
Leis über die Erde noch zieht.

Und der da von Anbeginn lenket
Das ganze [schimmernde]2 Heer,
Auch deiner liebend gedenket,
Du giltst ihm ja noch viel mehr.

Der segnet die Vöglein und Blüthen,
Und leitet der Winde Hauch,
Der wird auch dich wohl behüten,
So [ruh' im]3 Frieden nun auch!

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Confirmed with Liederbuch von Friedrich Oser, 1842-1874, mit einem biographischen Verzeichnis der Componisten, Basel: Benno Schwabe, Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1875, pages 105-106

1 Kienzl: "in"
2 Kienzl: "schlummernde"
3 Kienzl: "ruhe in"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Evening song", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 90

Evening song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Now the little birds are sleeping in their nests,
Now the blossoms on the bush are slumbering,
And the west winds under the canopy of heaven,
Hark, hark! they, too, are now resting.

Only on high, there the stars keep watch
And sing their eternal song,
That, echoing [from]1 endless distances,
Still quietly passes over the earth.

And He who from the beginning has directed
The whole [shimmering]2 host,
Thinks lovingly of you as well,
For you are much more important to Him [than they].

He blesses the birdlets and blossoms,
And orders the breath of the wind;
He shall protect you as well,
So you, too, rest in peace now.

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1 Kienzl: "in in"
2 Kienzl: "schlummernde slumbering"


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Line count: 16
Word count: 111