Goodnight (Hermann Goetz)

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  • (Posted 2022-06-01)  CPDL #69501:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-06-01).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 227 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Goodnight
Composer: Hermann Goetz
Lyricist: John Troutbeck
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1890 The Orpheus (New series) no.229

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Original text and translations

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1  No day draws near its ending,
But in its course my thought
Has unto thee been wending,
With love's sweet burden fraught.
From out my soul, unspoken,
Until withdrawn the light,
Have countless greetings broken,
And latest comes "goodnight."

2  Each day the time, now ended,
When I was with thee last,
Before me lies extended
A bright and happy past.
Each day in expectation
Of blissful hours in store,
I find an inspiration
That fills me more and more.

3  To sleep when I address me,
O my betrothed bride,
Thy name a charm to bless me,
I speak at eventide,
Had I but wings to bear me,
To thee I'd speed my flight,
Each night thou shouldest hear me
Repeating my "goodnight."