by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852)
Translation © by John H. Anderson

Vom Berg hinabgestiegen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Vom Berg [hinabgestiegen]1
Ist nun des Tages Rest;
Mein Kind liegt in der Wiegen,
Die [Vöglein]2 all' im Nest;
Nur ein ganz klein Singvögelein
Ruft weit daher im Dämmerschein:
"Gut' Nacht! gut' Nacht!
Lieb' Kindlein, gute Nacht!"

Das Spielzeug ruht im Schreine,
Die Kleider auf der Bank,
Ein [Mäuschen]3 ganz alleine
Es raschelt noch im Schrank,
Und draußen steht der Abendstern
Und winkt dem Kind aus weiter Fern':
"Gut' Nacht! gut' Nacht!
Lieb' Kindlein, gute Nacht!"

Die Wiege geht im Gleise,
Die Uhr [pickt]4 hin und her,
Die Fliegen nur ganz leise
[Sie]5 summen noch daher. 
Ihr Fliegen, laßt mein Kind in Ruh'!
Was [summt]6 ihr ihm so heimlich zu?
"Gut' Nacht! gut' Nacht!
Lieb' Kindlein, gute Nacht!"

Der Vogel und die Sterne,
[Die Fliegen]7 rings umher,
Sie haben mein Kind [schon]8 gerne,
Die Engel noch viel mehr. 
Sie decken's mit den Flügeln zu
Und singen leise: "Schlaf in Ruh!
Gut' Nacht! gut' Nacht!
Lieb' Kindlein, gute Nacht!"

H. Wolf sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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1 Blech, Wolf, Wurm: "hinab gestiegen"; Emmerich and Mittmann: "herabgestiegen" (and further changes may exist not noted)
2 Wolf: "Vögel"
3 Blech: "Mäuslein"
4 Wolf: "tickt"
5 Blech: "Die"
6 Wurm: "summet"
7 Wolf "Und alle"
8 Wolf "so"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (John H. Anderson) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Addie Funk) , "Cradle Song"
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , M.J.A.W., "Slumbersong in Summertime"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "In estate", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2008-07-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
Line count: 32
Word count: 158

Down from the mountain
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Down from the mountain
Steals the day's end
my child lies in the cradle,
the little birds are nesting,
one little songbird only
sings in the twilight:
Good night, good night, dear child, good night
Good night, good night, dear child, good night

The toy lies in the cabinet,
the clothes are on the bench
Alone, a little mouse
rustles in the closet,

the evening star shines above
and beckons the child from afar.
Good night, good night, dear child, good night
Good night, good night, dear child, good night

The cradle rocks on its rail,
The clock ticks back and forth,
The flies still buzz,
Softly in the distance.
Ye flies, leave my child in peace!
Why come buzzing into his room?
Good night, good night, dear child, good night
Good night, good night, dear child, good night

The bird and the stars,
And all who are all about,
Surely love my child,
The angels even more.
They shield him with their wings
And softly sing, "Sleep in peace!"
Good night, good night, dear child, good night
Good night, good night, dear child, good night

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Translation of title "Wiegenlied im Sommer" = "Cradle song in summer"

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Text added to the website: 2006-04-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-11-13 20:55:01
Line count: 32
Word count: 186