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Auf ein schlummerndes Kind

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn ich, o Kindlein, vor dir stehe,
Wenn ich im Traum dich lächeln sehe,
  Wenn du erglühst so wunderbar,
Da ahne ich mit süßem Grauen:
Dürft' ich in deine Träume schauen,
  So wär' mir alles, alles klar.

Dir ist die Erde noch verschlossen,
Du hast noch keine Lust genossen,
  Noch ist kein Glück, was du empfindest;
Wie könntest du so süß denn träumen,
Wenn du nicht noch in jenen Räumen,
  Woher du kamest, dich ergingst ?1

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Cornelius next repeats the first stanza, with the first line replaced ith "Drum wenn, o Kind, ich vor dir stehe"

Submitted by John H. Campbell


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , title 1: "To a sleeping child", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Sur un enfant assoupi", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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Word count: 76

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To a sleeping child

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When, my little one, I stand before you,
When I see you smile in your dream,
When you glow so wonderfully,
Then, I wonder with sweet dread:
If I were allowed to look into your dreams,
Would everything, be so clear to me?

The world is still a mystery to you,
You have yet enjoyed no desire,
No, only joy is what you feel.
How do you dream so sweetly then,
If not still you in that place,
From where you came, so suddenly?

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Note: when Cornelius repeats the first stanza, the modified first line would be translated "So, my child, as I stand here"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by John H. Campbell, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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Word count: 84