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Wayfarer's Night Song II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


"Wayfarer's Night Song II" is a short poem by Goethe about the silence of nature and how we all go to sleep sometime. The hills are still, the birds are quiet, and soon we will be too.

"Wayfarer's Night Song II" is an eight line poem consisting of one single stanza. The stanza's rhyme scheme is ABABCDCD.


Wayfarer's Night Song II

Over all the hill-tops
it is still
In all the tree-tops
you can hardly feel
a breath stirring.
Little birds are silent in the woods.
Wait! soon you too
will be still.

Written in 1780.

Below is the original text in German:

Wandrers Nachtlied II

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Weimar Classicism, 18th Century

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