by Agnes Lockhart Hughes , as A. H. Lockhart
Translation © by Joost van der Linden

Good night
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT
Good night! The crimson scented rose
Droops low her pretty head
And the little grasses long ago
Their evening prayers have said.
Night’s starry eyes are blinking
At the moonbeam's silvery light
While the lily hides her golden heart
And whispers soft, -- “Good night”

The wind is idly rocking
The songbird in its nest
And a silence deep is brooding
O’er the sleeping world at rest.
A sweet good night to you, dear heart --
A morn with radiance bright,
And be it night or be it day --
God keep you, [dear]1, good night!

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Confirmed with Good Health, Good Health Publishing Company, 1910.

1 Beach: "love"


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Word count: 93

Goedenacht! De karmozijn geurende roos
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the English 
Goedenacht! De karmozijn geurende roos
Laar haar mooie hoofdje hangen
Waar het gras al lang
Haar avondgebedje schoot.
De oogjes van de nacht blinken reeds
Bij het zil’vren licht van manestralen
Terwijl de lelie haar gouden hart verstopt
En zacht fluistert, - “Goedenacht”

De wind is wiegt doelloos
Vogelgezang stijg uit het nest
Een broedende stilte heerst
Over de wereld heerst een rust
Een zoete nachtrust voor jou, mijn dierbare
En een morgen met stralende pracht
En of het nu nacht is of dag
God bewaart jou, lieverd, goedenacht

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This text was added to the website: 2021-03-05
Line count: 16
Word count: 89