Goodnight from the Rhine (Joseph Joachim Raff)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-23)  CPDL #58771:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-23).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Goodnight from the Rhine
Composer: Joseph Joachim Raff
Lyricist: Franz Alfred Muth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with minor divisi.
Genre: SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 492
Description: Nachtgruss vom Rhein, Op.198, no. 10.

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Original text and translations

English.png English translation

O'er all things sleep isstealing,
'Tis time to say goodnight;
The boats are safe in harbour,
But watchful stars are bright.

And like to cloudlets lightly
My longings float to thee,
Like golden bridges seem they
That reach from thee to me.

O'er all things sleep is stealing,
Bid care and grief depart;
The boats are safe in harbour,
And thou within my heart.

Translation by John Troutbeck
German.png German text

Nun alle Wipfel schlafen,
O habe gute Nacht!
Die Schiffe sind im Hafen,
 Die Sterne auf der Wacht.

Nun alle Wipfel schlafen,
 O laß dein Weinen sein,
 Das Schifflein ruht im Hafen,
 Wie du im Herzen mein.