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Soon, soon shalt thou also have rest | 14-Dec-09

Enquirer is looking for a poem with the last line:

"Soon, soon shalt thou also have rest"

Learnt at school 60 years ago.

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This is a translation into English of the last line of the song "Wanderers Nachtlied", a setting of Goethe's poem of the same title. At least five composers have set the poem to music, the most famous song being, I think, Schubert's. Goethe's poem doesn't repeat the "soon", but the German word "balde" is indeed repeated in at least one of the settings. Here it is in German, with a (different) prose translation into English after it:

?ber allen Gipfeln
Ist Ruh,
In allen Wipfeln
Sp?rest du
Kaum einen Hauch;
Die V?glein schweigen im Walde.
Warte nur, balde
Ruhest du auch.

Over all the hill-tops it is still, in all the tree-tops you can hardly feel a breath stirring. The little birds are silent in the forest. Wait! soon you too will be still.
Simon Cauchi

PS Please understand those question marks as, in order, capital U with an umlaut, lower-case u with an umlaut, and lower-case o with an umlaut.
Simon Cauchi

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