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Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf

Language: German (Deutsch)

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf,
Der Vater [hüt]1 die Schaaf,
Die Mutter schüttelts Bäumelein,
Da fällt herab ein Träumelein,
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf.

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf,
Am Himmel ziehn die Schaaf,
Die Sternlein sind die Lämmerlein,
Der Mond der ist das Schäferlein,
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf.

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf,
Christkindlein hat ein Schaaf,
Ist selbst das liebe Gotteslamm,
Das um uns all zu Tode kam,
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf!

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf,
So schenk ich dir ein Schaaf,
Mit einer goldnen Schelle fein,
Das soll dein Spielgeselle seyn,
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf!

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf,
Und blöck nicht wie ein Schaaf,
Sonst kömmt des Schäfers Hündelein,
Und beißt mein böses Kindelein,
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf.

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf,
Geh fort und hüt die Schaaf,
Geh fort du schwarzes Hündelein,
Und weck mir nicht mein Kindelein,
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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J. Brahms sets stanzas 1-2, 4-6 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
J. Brahms sets stanzas 1-2, 4-6 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
J. Reichardt sets stanzas 1-2, 4

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1 Brahms: "hüt't"
Note: the spelling is often modernized in scores, e.g., in Brahms: Schaaf -> Schaf, seyn -> sein, blöck -> bläk

Submitted by Emily Ezust

Authorship


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

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist [an adaptation] DUT ENG FRE by Arthur Somervell, Sir.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Elizabeth Prentiss [an adaptation] DUT GER FRE by Arthur Foote.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Aubade des petits moutons", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Slaap, kindje, slaap", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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