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Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage

by Clara Schumann

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Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage
German source: Friedrich Rückert

Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage,
Freund, hörest du;
Ein Engel, der die Botschaft trage
Geht ab und zu.

Er bringt sie dir, und hat mir wieder
Den Gruß gebracht:
Dir sagen auch des Freundes Lieder
Jetzt gute Nacht.

The Good Night I Bid You
English translation © Richard Stokes

Listen, my friend,
To the good night I bid you;
An angel, bearing the message,
Flits to and fro.
He brings you it and has brought the greeting
Back to me:
A friend's songs too
Now wish you good night.

Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage
German source: Friedrich Rückert

The Good Night I Bid You
English source: Richard Stokes

Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage,
Listen, my friend,
Freund, hörest du;
To the good night I bid you;
Ein Engel, der die Botschaft trage
An angel, bearing the message,
Geht ab und zu.
Flits to and fro.

Er bringt sie dir, und hat mir wieder
Den Gruß gebracht:
Dir sagen auch des Freundes Lieder
Jetzt gute Nacht.

Composer

Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann (1819-96) née Wieck is one of the most significant women in musical history. Apart from being a tremendously successful pianist and pedagogue, she wrote numerous songs alongside other works in various genres. She also transformed the…

Poet

Friedrich Rückert

Friedrich Rückert was a German poet, translator, and professor of Oriental languages. Rückert was born at Schweinfurt and was the eldest son of a lawyer. He was educated at the local Gymnasium and at the universities of Würzburg and Heidelberg.…

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