Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
[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"


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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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Text added to the website: 2007-08-19 00:00:00
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Who has the most beautiful little sheep?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
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.

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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


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Text added to the website: 2008-01-05 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:33
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