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Wandrers Nachtlied I

by Franz Schubert

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Wandrers Nachtlied I
German source: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Der du von dem Himmel bist,
Alles Leid und Schmerzen stillst,
Den, der doppelt elend ist,
Doppelt mit Entzückung füllst,
Ach, ich bin des Treibens müde!
Was soll all der Schmerz und Lust?
Süsser Friede,
Komm, ach komm in meine Brust!

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

Wanderer’s nightsong I
English translation © Richard Stokes

You who come from heaven,
Soothing all pain and sorrow,
Filling the doubly wretched
Doubly with delight,
Ah, I am weary of this restlessness!
What use is all this joy and pain?
Sweet peace!
Come, ah come into my breast!

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

Wandrers Nachtlied I
German source: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wanderer’s nightsong I
English source: Richard Stokes

Der du von dem Himmel bist,
You who come from heaven,
Alles Leid und Schmerzen stillst,
Soothing all pain and sorrow,
Den, der doppelt elend ist,
Filling the doubly wretched
Doppelt mit Entzückung füllst,
Doubly with delight,
Ach, ich bin des Treibens müde!
Ah, I am weary of this restlessness!
Was soll all der Schmerz und Lust?
What use is all this joy and pain?
Süsser Friede,
Sweet peace!
Komm, ach komm in meine Brust!
Come, ah come into my breast!

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on…

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