Still ruht der See (Heinrich Pfeil)

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  • (Posted 2013-02-19)  CPDL #28324:         
Editor: Jan-Frerk Burmester (submitted 2013-02-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 1010 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition has been created with Noteworthy Composer 2.

General Information

Title: Still ruht der See
Composer: Heinrich Pfeil

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1879
Description: This is the original choir arrangemant for male choir TTBB, as made by the composer (Op. 10, Nr. 1)

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

1  Still ruht der See! Die Vöglein schlafen,
ein Flüstern nur, du hörst es kaum.
Der Abend naht, nun senkt sich nieder
auf die Natur ein süßer Traum.

2  Still ruht der See! Durch das Gezweige
der heilge Odem Gottes weht,
die Blümlein an dem Seegestade,
sie sprechen fromm ihr Nachtgebet.

3  Still ruht der See! Vom Himmelsdome
die Sterne friedsam niedersehn.
O Menschenherz, gib dich zufrieden:
auch du, auch du wirst schlafen gehn!

English.png English translation

1  The lake is still; the birds have gone to roost;
The whispering breeze you hardly hear.
Evening is coming; all things prepare
For pleasant dreams, both far and near.

2  The lake is still; the branches faintly stir
As if God were breathing through the air.
The flowers on the darkling shore
Now raptly say their evening prayer.

3  The lake is still; from heaven’s dome
The peaceful stars look down into the deep.
Oh human heart, no more complain:
For you no less, the time will come to sleep.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank