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Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland,
Sie frugen in jedem Städtchen:
Wo geht der Weg nach Bethlehem,
Ihr lieben Buben und Mädchen?

Die Jungen und Alten, sie [wußten es]1 nicht,
Die Könige zogen weiter;
Sie folgten einem goldenen Stern,
Der leuchtete lieblich und heiter.

Der Stern blieb stehn über Joseph's Haus,
Da sind sie [hineingegangen]2;
Das Öchslein brüllte, das Kindlein schrie,
Die heil'gen drei Könige sangen.


Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE RUS SWE

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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von Heinrich Heine, Berlin, A. Warschauers Verlag, 1827, page 102. Note: it is number 39 in this edition, but 37 in later editions.

1 Strauss: "wußten's"
2 Lange-Müller: "hinein gegangen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Grant Hicks

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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)

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  • ENG English (Sarah Hoffman) , "The three holy kings from the eastern land", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Les trois rois mages de l'Orient", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The three holy kings from the eastern land

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The three holy kings from the eastern land
asked in every little village and town:
Where is the way to Bethelehem,
dear boys and girls?

Neither young nor old knew it,
so the kings sought further;
They followed a golden star
that shone lovely and joyous.

The star stayed standing over Joseph's house,
and there within was the child;
the baby ox bawled, the child cried,
and the three holy kings sang.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 37 FRE RUS SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Baumgartner, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Baron Berners, Henriëtte Bosmans, Christian Bruhn, Gerard Bunk, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Friedrich Curschmann, Heinrich Dorn, Reinhold Moritzevich Glière, Hermann Große-Schware, Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann, Ludwig Hess, C. Kaufung, Wilhelm Killmayer, Carl Kloberg, Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller, Tilo Medek, Erkki Gustaf Melartin, Roland Moser, Christian Sinding, Johan August Söderman, George Stern, Richard Georg Strauss, Richard Trunk, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Georg Vierling, Hans Richard Weinhöppel, Julius Weismann, Richard Ferdinand Wüerst. Go to the text.

 

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