Starlit is night-time (Joseph Joachim Raff)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-16)  CPDL #58643:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-16).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English translation. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Starlit is night-time
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. 487
Description: Op.198, no.5

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Original text and translations

English.png English translation

Starlit is night-time,
tender and deep,
Everywhere round us
children asleep.

Distant, so distant,
sorrow and tears,
All the land over
starlit appears.

Yea, not a grief but
grows like a star,
Out of the distance
shining afar.

Translation by John Troutbeck
German.png German text

Nacht voller Sterne
Dunkel und lind,
Nahe und ferne
Schlummert jed' Kind.

Ferne, so ferne
Klage und Leid,
Überall Sterne
Über der Haid'.

Zur einem Sterne
Ward ja jed' Leid --
Drum aus der Ferne
Schimmert's so weit.