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[Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen?]1 Die hat der [gold'ne]2 Mond, Der hinter [unsern]3 Bäumen Am Himmel [drüben]4 wohnt. Er kommt am späten Abend, Wenn alles schlafen will, Hervor aus seinem Hause Zum Himmel leis' und still. Dann weidet er die Schäfchen Auf seiner [blauen]5 Flur, Denn all' die weißen Sterne Sind seine Schäfchen nur. Sie tun [sich]6 nichts zu Leide Hat eins das and're gern, Und [Schwestern sind und Brüder]7 Da droben Stern [an]8 Stern. Und soll ich dir ein's bringen, So darfst du niemals schrei'n, Mußt freundlich wie die Schäfchen Und wie ihr Schäfer sein.
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1 Dresel: "Die allerschönsten Schäfchen"
2 Sandberger: "liebe"
3 Reichardt: "jenen"
4 Reichardt: "droben"
5 Sandberger: "bunten"
6 Reichardt: "uns"
7 Sandberger: "Schwester sind und Bruder"
8 Dresel: "am"
- by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798 - 1874), no title [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Wilhelm Baumgartner (1820 - 1867), "Vom Monde", op. 13 (Zwölf Jugendlieder, 3 und 4 stimmig, für Sopran und Alt) no. 2 (1848). [sopranos and altos] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Leo Blech (1871 - 1958), "Das Lied vom Monde", op. 28 no. 2, copyright © 1925 [voice and piano], from Neun Liedchen großen und kleinen Kindern vorzusingen, Sechste Folge, no. 2, Universal Edition [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Otto Dresel (1826 - 1890), "Das Lied vom Monde", 1849. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Carl Götze (1836 - 1887), "Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen", op. 182 (Sechs Lieder im Volkston für Sopran (oder Tenor) mit Pianoforte) no. 5, published 1886 [soprano or tenor and piano], Bremen, Praeger & Meier [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752 - 1814), "Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen?", 1790, note: these words were published with this music well after it was composed [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Friedrich Reichel , "Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen", op. 6 (Vier Terzetten) no. 2, published 1874 [vocal trio], Leipzig, Kistner [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Karl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke (1824 - 1910), "Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen?", op. 37 (Acht Kinderlieder) no. 7. [voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Adolf Sandberger (1864 - 1943), "Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen?", op. 22 (Fünf Lieder und Gesänge) no. 5. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Othmar Schoeck (1886 - 1957), "Wiegenlied", WoO. 15 (1904-05). [voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Who has the most beautiful little sheep?", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2007-08-19
Line count: 20
Word count: 96
Who has the most beautiful little sheep? The [golden]1 moon does, Who lives behind [those]2 trees In the heavens up [high]3. [He]4 comes in the late evening, When everything wants to sleep, Out from his house To the sky softly and quietly. Then he tends his little sheep On his [blue]5 meadow, For all of the white stars Are his little sheep. They do [us]6 no harm. Each is fond of the others, And sisters and brothers above Are star by star. And if you want me to bring you one, You must never scream, You must be as amiable As those little sheep and their shepherd.
1 "good" in Sandberger
2 "our" in Sandberger
3 "yonder" in Sandberger
4 In German, the word for moon is masculine.
5 "colourful" in Sandberger
6 "each other" in Sandberger
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798 - 1874), no title
This text was added to the website: 2008-01-05
Line count: 20
Word count: 107