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Es stand ein Sternlein am Himmel

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Es stand ein Sternlein]1 am Himmel,
Ein Sternlein guter Art;
Das tät so lieblich scheinen,
So lieblich und so zart!

Ich wußte seine Stelle
[Am Himmel, wo es]2 stand;
Trat abends vor die Schwelle,
Und suchte, bis ich's fand;

Und blieb dann lange stehen,
Hatt' große Freud' in mir,
Das Sternlein anzusehen;
Und dankte Gott dafür.

Das Sternlein ist verschwunden;
Ich suche hin und her
Wo ich es sonst gefunden,
Und find' es nun nicht mehr.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Kleffel: "Es stand ein Stern am Himmel" (further changes may exist not shown above) ; Ruck-Hanke: "Ein Sternlein stand"
2 Ruck-Hanke: "Wo es am Himmel"

Submitted by Bertram Kottmann


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Christiane", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-05-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
Line count: 16
Word count: 76

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Il y avait une petite étoile dans le...

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

Il y avait une petite étoile dans le ciel,
Une petite étoile de bonnes manières ;
Elle avait l'habitude de briller si doucement,
Si doucement et si tendrement !

Je connaissais l'endroit
Dans le ciel où elle se tenait ;
le soir je sortais devant la porte,
Et je cherchais jusqu'à ce que je la trouve ;

Et alors je restais debout
Avec une grande joie en moi,
À regarder la petite étoile ;
Et je remerciais Dieu pour cela.

La petite étoile est partie ;
Je la cherche ici et là
Où je la trouvais d'habitude,
Et maintenant je ne la trouve plus.

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Translation of title "Christiane" = "Christiane"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2016 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "Christiane" ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Julius Buths, Clara Faisst, Joseph Haas, Franz Hardt, George Henschel, Friedrich Hinrichs, Robert Kahn, Arno Kleffel, Huub de Lange, Th. Naus, Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai, Hans Peter Nowak, Robert Radecke, Joachim Raff, Max Reger, Doris Ruck-Hanke, Ernst Rudorff, Otto Schleuning, P. Seipt, Johann Hugo Christian Ludwig Herkules Staehle, Katia Tchemberdji, Woldemar Voullaire. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-07-05.
Last modified: 2016-07-05 15:09:29
Line count: 16
Word count: 104