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Language: German (Deutsch) after the Danish (Dansk)

Die Mutter betet herzig und schaut 
  Entzückt auf den schlummernden Kleinen;
Er ruht in der Wiege so [sanft, so]1 traut,
  Ein Engel muß er ihr scheinen.

Sie küßt ihn und herzt ihn; sie hält sich kaum,
  Vergessen der irdischen Schmerzen;
Es schweift in der Zukunft ihr Hoffnungstraum;
  So träumen Mütter im Herzen.

Der Rab' indeß mit der Sippschaft sein
  Kreischt draußen am Fenster die Weise:
Dein Engel, dein Engel wird unser sein!
  Der Räuber dient uns zur Speise!

Translation(s): DUT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Adelbert von Chamisso’s Werke, Dritter Band Gedichte, Leipzig: Weidmann'sche Buchhandlung, 1836, pages 185-186

1 Schumann, Van der Stucken: "sanft und"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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) , "Droom van een moeder", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "A mother's dream", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Rêve de mère", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-13 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-10-18 00:38:20

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Word count: 78

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A mother's dream

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The mother prays sweetly and gazes with delight
upon her slumbering little one.
He rests in his cradle, so tender and cosy.
He must seem an angel to her.

She kisses him and hugs him, she cannot restrain herself,
Forgetting all earthly pain,
her hopeful dreams wander into the future.
Thus do mothers often dream.

The raven meanwhile, with its clan,
shrieks a tune outside the window:
Your angel, your angel will be ours -
the brigand shall serve us at supper.

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Text added to the website: 2003-11-13 00:00:00.

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