Wandrers Nachtlied

The Wanderer’s Nightsong

for SSAATTBB a cappella

Wandrers Nachtlied


SSAATTBB a cappella
London, 2019
Author of the text
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Copyright of the text
Public domain
German, English

About the poem

Wandrers Nachtlied (The Wanderer’s Nightsong) is the second of two similarly-named poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, written in 1780.

About the poet

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) was a German poet.

About the translator

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) was an American poet.

About the piece

The piece is available in two versions, in German or English.

German text

Über allen Gipfeln
Ist Ruh,
In allen Wipfeln
Spürest du
Kaum einen Hauch;
Die Vögelein schweigen im Walde.
Warte nur, balde
Ruhest du auch.

English text

Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

O’er all the hilltops
Is quiet now,
In all the treetops
Hearest thou
Hardly a breath;
The birds are asleep in the trees:
Wait, soon like these
Thou too shalt rest.

These texts are in the public domain.