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Der Tod krönt die Unschuld

Language: German (Deutsch)

Kind, ich schenke dir den Reif der Reine, 
Kind, ich kröne dich mit goldenem Scheine, 
Kind, ich nehme dich in meinen Schooss.
Deine Mutter muss dich mir verlassen 
Meine Fittiche wollen dich umfassen, 
Meine Fittiche sind weich und gross.

Ruhst darin wie unterm Mutterherzen, 
Schlafumfangen, ledig aller Schmerzen,
Deine Seele bleibt vom Leben rein.
Linde bin ich, eine gute Amme,
Tränke dich mit Träumen, kleine Flamme, 
Schlafe, schlaf auf meinem Schoosse ein.

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE

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Submitted by Cornelia Weidner


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 (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Death crowns innocence", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La mort couronne l'innocence", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "La mort couronne l'innocence", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2012-05-20.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:55
Line count: 12
Word count: 72

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La mort couronne l'innocence

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Enfant, je te donne l'anneau de la pureté,
Enfant, je te couronne d'un éclat doré.
Enfant, je te prends sur mes genoux.
Ta mère doit t'abandonner pour moi,
Mes ailes te recouvriront,
Mes ailes sont douces et grandes.

Tu reposeras comme au sein de ta mère,
Enveloppé par le sommeil, délivré de toute peine,
Ton âme restera pure de la vie,
Je suis douce, une bonne bonne nourrice,
Je t'abreuverai de rêves, petite flamme,
Dors, dors sur mes genoux.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Otto Julius Bierbaum (1865 - 1910), "Der Tod krönt die Unschuld", appears in Das Seidene Buch, Kapitel 178 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Alexander von Fielitz, Ludwig Wilhelm Andreas Maria Thuille. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-07-22.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:00
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Word count: 79