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Ein junges Lämmchen, weiß wie Schnee

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein junges Lämmchen, weiß wie Schnee,   
Ging einst mit auf die Weide;  
Muthwillig sprang es in dem Klee 
Mit ausgelaßner Freude. 

Hop, hop!  ging's über Stock und Stein
Mit unvorsicht'gen Sprüngen.
Kind, rief die Mutter, Kind, halt ein,
Es möchte dir mißlingen!     

Allein das Lämmchen hüpfte fort,
Berg auf, Berg ab, in Freuden;   
Doch endlich mußt's am Hügel dort
Für seinen Leichtsinn leiden. 

Am Hügel lag ein großer Stein,
Den wollt' es überspringen;
Seht da, es springt, und  -- bricht ein Bein!
Aus war nun Lust und Springen! 

O liebe, munt're Kinder!   schreibt
Dies tief in eure Herzen:  
"Die Freuden, die man übertreibt
Verwandeln sich in Schmerzen.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Kleine Kinderbibliothek, erstes Bändchen, elfte rechtmäßige Ausgabe, ed. by Joachim Heinrich Campe, Braunschweig: in der Schulbuchhandlung, 1815, pages 52 - 53.

Submitted by Melanie Trumbull


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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