by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Der Mond kommt still gegangen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FIN FRE
Der Mond kommt still gegangen
Mit seinem [goldnen]1 Schein,
Da schläft [in]2 holdem Prangen 
Die müde Erde ein.

Im Traum die Wipfel weben,
Die Quellen rauschen sacht;
Singende Engel durchschweben
Die blaue Sternennacht

Und auf den Lüften schwanken
Aus manchem treuen Sinn
Viel tausend Liebesgedanken
Über die Schläfer hin.

Und drunten im [Thale, da funkeln]3
Die Fenster von Liebchens Haus;
Ich aber blicke im Dunkeln
Still in die Welt hinaus.

C. Schumann sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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Confirmed with Emanuel Geibel, Gedichte, vierte Auflage, Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker, 1845, page 18.

1 Bernoully: "holden"
2 Grimm: "mit"
3 Kinkel: "Thale funkeln"


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De maan komt stil gevaren", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "The moon so peaceful rises", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist)
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Night song", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kuu kohoaa hiljaa esiin", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La lune vient doucement", copyright © 2018, (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: 70

Night song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The moon approaches quietly
With its golden radiance.
The tired world then falls asleep
Resplendent in beauty.
In dreams the treetops weave,
The water-springs bubble gently;
Singing angels hover through
The blue, starry night
And swaying upon the breezes,
From many a loyal spirit
Are thousands of loving thoughts,
Wafting over those who sleep.
And down in the valley there sparkle
The windows of my beloved's house.
But I, in the darkness, gaze
Silently out at the world. 


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This text was added to the website: 2011-12-06
Line count: 16
Word count: 78