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Starb das Kindlein

Language: German (Deutsch)

Starb das Kindlein.
Ach, die Mutter
Saß am Tag und weinte, weinte,
Saß zur Nacht und weinte.

Da erscheint das Kindlein wieder,
In dem Todtenhemd, so blaß;
Sagt zur Mutter: "Leg' dich nieder!
Sieh, mein Hemdchen
[Wird von deinen]1 lieben Thränen
Gar so naß,
Und ich kann nicht schlafen, Mutter!" -

Und das Kind verschwindet wieder,
Und die Mutter weint nicht mehr.


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Confirmed with Huldigung den Frauen. Ein Taschenbuch für das Jahr 1832, ed. by J. F. Castelli, Wien, page 184 ; and with Gedichte von Bauernfeld. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1852, page 98, as shown above.

Note: Bauernfeld's 1852 edition contains the remark "Musik von Schubert." Schubert's setting is lost, however. Schubert received all poems from Bauernfeld in handwritten form.

1 Randhartinger, and Bauernfeld's 1832 version: "Machen deine"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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