Translation © by Emily Ezust

Armer Kinder Bettlerlied
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
 Bimm bamm, bimm bamm...1

 Es sungen drei Engel einen süßen Gesang;
 Mit Freuden es selig in den Himmel klang,
 Sie jauchzten fröhlich auch dabei,
 Daß Petrus sei von Sünden frei,
 Von Sünden frei.

 Und als der Herr Jesus zu Tische saß,
 Mit seinen zwölf Jüngern das Abendmahl aß,
 Da sprach der Herr Jesus: Was stehst du denn hier?
 Wenn ich dich anseh', so weinest du mir!

 Und sollt' ich nicht weinen, du gütiger Gott.

 Du sollst ja nicht weinen! Sollst ja nicht weinen!

 Ich hab' übertreten die zehn Gebot.
 Ich gehe und weine ja bitterlich,
 Ach komm und erbarme dich!
 Ach komm und erbarme dich über mich!

 Hast du denn übertreten die zehen Gebot,
 So fall auf die Kniee und bete zu Gott!
 Liebe nur Gott in alle Zeit,
 So wirst du erlangen die himmlische Freud',
 Die himmlische Freud' ist eine selige Stadt;
 Die himmlische Freud', die kein Ende mehr hat!
 Die himmlische Freude war Petro bereit't,
 Durch Jesum und Allen zur Seligkeit.

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1 The chorus of boys (Knabenchor) sings "Bimm bamm, bimm bamm" at the beginning and intermittently throughout, joined at several points by other chorus members.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), [adaptation] ; composed by Gustav Mahler.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cant de mendicitat dels infants pobres", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Begging song of poor children", copyright © 2019
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de mendicité des enfants pauvres", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , John Versmoren , Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 30
Word count: 169

Begging song of poor children
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Boys' choir
 Bimm, bamm, bimm, bamm ...

Women's choir:
 Three angels were singing a sweet song;
 With joy it resounded blissfully up to heaven.
 They were rejoicing happily as well,
 That St. Peter was free of sin,
 Free of sin.

 And when the Lord Jesus sat down at the table
 To sup with his twelve apostles,
 The Lord Jesus said: "Why are you standing here?
 When I look at you, you weep.

 And why should I not weep, gracious God...

Women's choir
 You should not weep!

 I have violated the Ten Commandments.
 I go and weep bitterly,
 Oh, come and have mercy,
 Have mercy on me!

Women's choir:
 If you have violated the Ten Commandments,
 Fall on your knees and pray to God!
 Love only God at all times,
 And so you will attain heavenly joy!
 Heavenly joy is a blessed city;
 Heavenly joy, which no longer has an end!
 Heavenly joy was granted to St. Peter
 Through Jesus, and for the salvation of all.

Note: "bimm bamm", sung throughout by the boys' chorus and others, imitates the sound of a church bell.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-07-08
Line count: 30
Word count: 167