by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Sarah Hoffman

Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland,
Sie frugen in jedem Städtchen:
Wo geht der Weg nach Bethlehem,
Ihr lieben Buben und Mädchen?

Die Jungen und Alten, sie [wußten es]1 nicht,
Die Könige zogen weiter;
Sie folgten einem goldenen Stern,
Der leuchtete lieblich und heiter.

Der Stern blieb stehn über Joseph's Haus,
Da sind sie [hineingegangen]2;
Das Öchslein brüllte, das Kindlein schrie,
Die heil'gen drei Könige sangen.

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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von Heinrich Heine, Berlin, A. Warschauers Verlag, 1827, page 102. Note: it is number 39 in this edition, but 37 in later editions.

1 Strauss: "wußten's"
2 Lange-Müller: "hinein gegangen"

Authorship

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 English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Bernard van Dieren.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Werner Josten.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok (1880 - 1921) , written 1909 ; composed by Reinhold Moritzevich Glière, Arthur Vincent Lourié.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Johan Thor.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sarah Hoffman) , "The three holy kings from the eastern land", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Les trois rois mages de l'Orient", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Grant Hicks

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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The three holy kings from the eastern land
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The three holy kings from the eastern land
asked in every little village and town:
Where is the way to Bethelehem,
dear boys and girls?

Neither young nor old knew it,
so the kings sought further;
They followed a golden star
that shone lovely and joyous.

The star stayed standing over Joseph's house,
and there within was the child;
the baby ox bawled, the child cried,
and the three holy kings sang.

Authorship

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Text added to the website: 2007-01-16 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
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Word count: 72