by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): 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"

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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)

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

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

  • 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


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Three holy kings from the land of the...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Three holy kings from the land of the West
   Go asking whoso passes,
"Where is the road to Bethlehem,
   Ye gentle lads and lasses?" 

But neither young nor old can tell.
   The kings fare patient onward,
They follow a golden star o'erhead,
   That bright and kind shines downward. 

The star stands still o'er Joseph's house,
   Thither the pilgrims bringing;
The oxen low, the Infant cries,
   The three wise kings are singing.

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Text added to the website: 2008-04-18 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:40
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Word count: 71