by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Peace to the slumb'rers!
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
Peace to the slumb'rers!
They lie on the battle plain,
With no shroud to cover them;
The dew and the summer rain
Are all that weep over them.
Peace to the slumb'rers!

Vain was their brav'ry!
The fallen oak lies where it lay,
Across the wintry river;
But brave hearts, once swept away,
Are gone, alas! for ever.
Vain was their brav'ry!

Woe to the conq'ror!
Our limbs shall lie as cold as theirs
Of whom his sword bereft us
Ere we forget the deep arrears
Of vengeance they have left us!
Woe to the conq'ror!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Thomas Moore, A New Edition from the last London Edition, Boston: Lee and Shepard; New York: Lee, Shepard, & Dillingham, 1876.


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), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) , "Peace to the slumberers!" FRE ; composed by Max Bruch, Carl Georg Peter Grädener, Adolf Jensen.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Paix aux dormeurs !", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2007-06-19
Line count: 18
Word count: 96