Silent happiness (Joseph Joachim Raff)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-17)  CPDL #58674:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-17).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English translation. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Silent happiness
Composer: Joseph Joachim Raff
Lyricist: Franz Alfred Muth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 489
Description: Op.198, no.7

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Original text and translations

English.png English translation

Tender rosebud, here in secret
brightly blowing,
Here the touch of gentle breezes
only knowing,
Like a child in prayer thou seemest,
While, from envy free, thou dreamest,
lovely rosebud.

So in silence purely happy,
thou art only
By the eye of heaven regarded
Yet, though lonely,
Quite forsaken, here thou livest,
Thou thy fragrance richly givest,
tender rosebud.

Translation by John Troutbeck
German.png German text

Zarte Rose, Stillerblühte,
Vom Gekose Leiser Winde
Nur umwehte,
Gleich dem Kinde Im Gebete --
Unbeneidet, Schöngeschmeidet,
Zarte Rose!

So im stillen Rein beglückte,
Nur erblickte
Von des Himmels Gold'nen Augen,
Leisgebückte, Wolle hauchen
Deine Düfte In die Lüfte,
Zarte Rose!