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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Night Song

By Matthias Claudius (1740–1815)

Translation of Charles Timothy Brooks

THE MOON is up in splendor,

And golden stars attend her;

The heavens are calm and bright;

Trees cast a deepening shadow;

And slowly off the meadow

A mist is rising silver-white.

Night’s curtains now are closing

Round half a world, reposing

In calm and holy trust;

All seems one vast, still chamber,

Where weary hearts remember

No more the sorrows of the dust.