Translation © by Emily Ezust

In stiller Nacht, zur ersten Wacht
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT 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):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • 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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2022, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • 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

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 86

In the quiet night, at the first watch
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In the quiet night, at the first watch,
a voice began to lament;
sweetly and gently, the night wind
carried to me its sound.
And from such bitter sorrow and grief
my heart has melted.
The little flowers - with my pure tears
I have watered them all.

The beautiful moon wishes to set
out of pain, and never shine again;
the stars will let fade their gleam
for they wish to weep with me.
Neither bird-song nor sound of joy
can one hear in the air;
the wild animals grieve with me as well,
upon the rocks and in the ravines.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2006 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2006-01-03
Line count: 16
Word count: 102