by Georg Scherer (1824 - 1909)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Frieden der Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Der Tag ist längst geschieden. --
[Von]1 dem Sternenzelt
Sinkt tiefer, [heil'ger]2 Frieden 
Herab auf Haus und Feld.

Auf müde Augen linde
Legt süßen Schlaf die Nacht;
Im Kämmerlein beim Kinde
Hält Gottes Engel Wacht.

Schon hat sein Lied gesungen
Das Kindlein sanft zur Ruh';
Die Saiten sind verklungen,
Nun deckt er's leise zu.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Georg Scherer, vierte, vermehrte Auflage, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Berlin, Wien: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1894, page 16

1 Reinecke: "und von"
2 Reinecke: "heiliger"


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

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Word count: 53

Nocturnal peace
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The day has long since departed. --
[From]1 the starry canopy
Deep, holy peace descends
Upon house and field.

Upon weary eyes the night
Gently lays sweet sleep;
In the little chamber beside the child
The angel of God keeps watch.

[The angel] has already gently lulled
The child to rest with song;
The strings have fallen silent,
Now [the angel] quietly draws the covers over the child.

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1 Reinecke: "And from"


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Word count: 67