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Der Sandmann

Language: German (Deutsch)

Zwei feine Stieflein hab ich an 
Mit wunderweichen Söhlchen dran,
Ein Säcklein hab ich hinten auf,
Husch, trippl' ich rasch die Trepp hinauf.
Und wenn ich in die Stube tret,
Die Kinder beten [das Abendgebet]1,
Von meinem [Sand]2 zwei Körnelein
Streu ich auf ihre Äugelein, 
[Da schlafen sie die ganze Nacht 
In Gottes und der Englein Wacht. 
Von meinem Sand zwei Körnelein
Streut' ich auf ihre Äugelein:]3
Den frommen Kindern soll gar schön
Ein froher Traum vorübergehn. 
Nun risch und rasch mit Sack und Stab
[Nur wieder jetzt die Trepp hinab!]4
Ich kann nicht länger müßig stehn,
[Ich]5 muß [noch heut zu Vielen]6 gehn. 
[Nun seht, mein Säcklein öffnet' ich kaum,
Da nickt ihr schon und lächelt im Traum!]7

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

List of language codes

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1 Schumann: "ihr Gebet"; one CD booklet reportedly has "ein Gebet" for Schumann.
2 Blech: "Sack"
3 omitted by Blech.
4 Blech: "Die Treppe risch und rasch hinab,"
5 omitted by Schumann.
6 Schumann: "heut noch zu gar vielen"
7 a version from 1842: "Da nicken sie schon und lachen im Traum,/ Und öffnete doch mein Säcklein kaum!" ; Blech: "Da nicken sie schon und lächeln im Traum,/ Sie nicken, lächeln schonim Traum/ Und doch öffnet' ich mein Säcklein kaum." ; Schumann: "Da nickt ihr schon und lacht im Traum, / und öffnete doch mein Säcklein kaum."

Submitted by John Versmoren


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De zandman", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The sandman", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le marchand de sable", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:37

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Word count: 119

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Le marchand de sable

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Je porte deux jolies petites bottes
Avec des semelles merveilleusement douces,
Je porte un petit sac sur le dos,
Hop, je monte en trottinant dans l'escalier
Et quand j'entre dans la chambre,
Les enfants disent leurs prières du soir,
Deux petits grains de mon sable
Je jette dans leurs yeux,
Alors ils dorment pendant toute la nuit,
Sous la garde de Dieu et des anges.
Deux petits grains de mon sable
Je jette dans leurs yeux :
Les enfants sages seront vite
Visités par un beau rêve,
Maintenant et vite avec mon sac et mon bâton,
Je descends l'escalier !
Je ne peux plus rester oisif,
Je dois encore aller voir maints enfants aujourd'hui,
Maintenant voyez, j'ai à peine ouvert mon petit sac
Que vous hochez la tête et riez dans vos rêves.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by (Gustav) Hermann Kletke (1813 - 1886), "Der Sandmann", appears in Phantasus, first published 1841 DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Leo Blech, Arno Kleffel, Richard Kleinmichel, Woldemar Sacks, Robert Schumann, Wilhelm Taubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-11-05 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:22

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