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So wünsch ich ihr ein gute Nacht WoO 33 no.18

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49 Deutsche Volkslieder (WoO 33)

So wünsch ich ihr ein gute Nacht

So wünsch ich ihr ein gute Nacht,
Bei der ich war alleine;
Ein freundlich Wort sie zu mir sprach,
Da wir uns sollten scheiden.
Ich scheid mit Leid,
Gott weiß die Zeit,
Wiederkommen bringt uns Freud.
Zu Nächten da ich bei ihr war,
Ihr Angesicht wollt röten,
Sie sah den Knaben freundlich an,
Sprach: Gott tu dich behüten.
Mein Schimpf, mein Schmerz,
Bricht mir mein Herz,
Das werd ich jetzund innen.
Das Maidlein an der Zinnen stand,
Hub kläglich an zu weinen:
Gedenk daran du Reitersknab,
Laß mich nicht läng’r alleine;
Kehr wieder bald, mein Aufenthalt,
Lös mich von schweren Träumen.
Der Knab wohl üb’r die Heiden reit’t
Und wend’t sein Rößlein rumme:
Daran gedenk, du schöne Maid,
Und kehr dein Red nit umme;
Beschert Gott Glück,
Gehts wieder zurück,
Du bleibst mein’m Herzen eine Kron.

So I bid her goodnight

So I bid her goodnight,
Her with whom I’ve been alone,
She spoke a friendly word to me
When we had to part.
I depart in sorrow
God knows the time,
When meeting again will give us joy.
During the nights I was with her,
Her face began to blush,
She gave the boy a friendly look,
And said: May God protect you.
My disgrace, my pain
Breaks my heart,
I now begin to realize.
The girl stood on the ramparts,
Began to weep most bitterly:
Remember this, young horseman,
Do not leave me alone for long,
Come again soon, my haven,
Release me from oppressive dreams.
The boy rode off over the heath
And turned his horse around.
Remember this, fair maiden,
And do not take back your word.
If God grants us good fortune,
I shall return,
You are the crown in my heart.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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