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Schlaf, süßer Knabe, süß und mild!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Schlaf, [süßer]1 Knabe, süß und mild!
  Du deines Vaters Ebenbild!
Das bist du; zwar dein Vater spricht,
  Du habest seine Nase nicht.

Nur eben [itzo]2 war er hier,
  Und sah dir in's Gesicht,
Und sprach: "Viel hat er zwar von mir,
  Doch meine Nase hat er nicht."

Mich dünkt es selbst, sie ist zu klein,
  Doch muß es seine Nase sein;
Denn wenn's nicht seine Nase wär',
  Wo hätt'st du denn die Nase her?

Schlaf, Knabe, was dein Vater spricht,
  Spricht er wohl [im]3 Scherz;
Hab' immer seine Nase nicht
  Und habe nur sein Herz!

Translation(s): ENG ENG

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1 Loewe: "holder"
2 often modernized to "jetzo"
3 Blech, Kraus: "nur im"

Submitted by Peter Donderwinkel


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):

  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist)
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The mother at the cradle", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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