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Schlafe Kindlein, schlafe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Schlafe Kindlein, schlafe,
Thu' die Äuglein zu,
[Ob auch Donner rollen
Ueber deiner Ruh!]1
Ob die [Stürme brausen]2,
Zuckt der Blitze Schein,
Möge doch mein Kindlein
Ruhig [schlummern]3 ein!
Gottes Engel [hüten]4
Deinen [stillen]5 Schlaf!
Wen der Herr behütet,
Nie ein Wetter traf!
Und wir [sollten]6 zagen,
Wo ein Kindlein ruht?
Sind wir all' nicht Kinder
In des Vaters Hut?

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Mein Liederbuch. Gedichte von Ottilie Wildermuth, herausgegeben von ihrer Tochter Agnes Willms, Stuttgart: Verlag der Gebrüder Kröner, 1877, page 160

Note: Ottilie Wildermuth’s poems were not published until after her death. Josephine Lang knew her personally and obtained the poems directly from the poet. Therefore the changes noted in the footnotes might not be Lang’s, but rather earlier versions by Wildermuth herself.

1 Lang: "Gottes Engel hüten / Deine süsse Ruh!"
2 Lang: "Donner rollen"
3 Lang: "schlafen"
4 Lang: "schirmen"
5 Lang: "linden"
6 Lang: "wollten"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • by Josephine Lang (1815 - 1880), "Wiegenlied in stürmischer Zeit", op. 30 (2 Lieder) no. 2, published 1864 [voice and piano], Stuttgart, Verlag der Ebner’schen Kunst- und Musikhandlung [
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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-11-13.
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