by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Christbaum
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA
Wie schön geschmückt der festliche Raum!
Die Lichter funkeln am Weihnachtsbaum!
O fröhliche Zeit! o seliger Traum!

Die Mutter sitzt in der Kinder Kreis;
Nun schweiget alles auf ihr Geheiß:
Sie singet des Christkinds Lob und Preis.

Und rings, vom Weihnachtsbaum erhellt,
Ist schön in Bildern aufgestellt
Des heiligen Buches Palmenwelt.

Die Kinder schauen der Bilder Pracht,
Und haben wohl des Singen acht,
Das tönt so süß in der Weihenacht!

O glücklicher Kreis im festlichen Raum!
O goldne Lichter am Weihnachtsbaum!
O fröhliche Zeit! o seliger Traum!

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 ITA ; composed by Emma Lou Diemer.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Christmas Tree", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "L'albero di Natale", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 15
Word count: 87

Christmas Tree
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 How prettily is the festive room adorned!
 The candles shimmer on the Christmas tree!
 O glad time! o blissful dream!
 
 Mother sits among her children;
 now everyone is silent at her command:
 she sings the Christ-child's praise and glory.
 
 And all around, illuminated by the Christmas tree,
 beautifully shown in pictures,
 is the palmy world of the Holy Book.
 
 The children gaze at the pictures' magnificence
 and pay close attention to the singing,
 that sounds so sweet on the eve of Christmas!
 
 O happy circle in a festive room!
 O golden candles on the Christmas tree!
 O glad time! o blissful dream!

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 15
Word count: 103