by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Lewis Grenville

Der du von dem Himmel bist
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): AFR CAT DUT ENG FRE FRL GRE HUN ITA SPA
Der1 du [von dem Himmel]2 bist,
[Alles Leid]3 und Schmerzen [stillest]4,
Den, der doppelt elend ist,
Doppelt mit [Erquickung füllest]5,
Ach ich bin des Treibens müde!
[Was soll all der Schmerz und Lust?]6
Süßer Friede,
Komm, ach komm in [meine]7 Brust!

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Confirmed with Goethe’s Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, page 109.

First published in Christliches Magazin Herausgegeben von Joh. Konrad Pfenninger, Dritter Band, 1780, page 243, with the musical setting by Ph. Ch. Kayser.

1 Backer-Grøndahl’s score has a comma after this word (likely a typo)
2 Kirchner: "von den Himmeln"; Hiller, Milcke: "vom Himmel" (further changes may exist not shown above)
3 Rust: "Kummer, Leid"
4 Schubert: "stillst"
5 Schubert: "Entzückung füllst"
6 Rust: "Bangen Schmerzes, wilder Lust,"; Arnim and J. Marx: "Was soll all der Schmerz, die Lust?"
7 Backer-Grøndahl: "meiner" (likely a typo)


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:

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

  • AFR Afrikaans [singable] (Robert Schall) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Trekkers nachtlied", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Wanderer's night song", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , "The wanderer's night-song", appears in The Poems of Goethe, first published 1853
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "O thou who from heaven art", first published 1911
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le chant de nuit du voyageur I", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRL Friulian (Ermes Culos) , "Tu ch'i ti vèns dal paradìs", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Canto notturno del viandante II", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Lewis Grenville) , "La cancion nocturna del caminante", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 41

La cancion nocturna del caminante
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Tu que eres del cielo,
Tu que callas toda tristeza y dolor,
Y a quien es doblemente desgraciado 
Tu llenas doblemente de deleite.
Ah, estoy cansado de tantos trajínes!
¿Para que son todas las penas y las alegrias?
Dulce paz,
Ven, ah ven, en mi corazon!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2011 by Lewis Grenville, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-03-03
Line count: 8
Word count: 46