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

Die Hirten
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA
Hirten wachen im Feld;
Nacht ist rings auf der Welt;
Wach sind die Hirten alleine
Im Haine.

Und ein Engel so licht
Grüßet die Hirten und spricht:
"Christ, das Heil aller Frommen,
Ist kommen!"

Engel singen umher:
"Gott im Himmel sei Ehr!
Und den Menschen hienieden
Sei Frieden!"

Eilen die Hirten fort,
Eilen zum heilgen Ort,
Beten an in den Windlein
Das Kindlein.


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The shepherds", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "I pastori", 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: 16
Word count: 63

The shepherds
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Shepherds watch in the field;
night surrounds the world;
only the shepherds are awake
in the grove.

And an angel so bright
greets the shepherds and says:
"Christ, the salvation of all pious souls,
is come!"

The angels sing all around:
"Glory to God in Heaven!
And to men down below,

The shepherds hurry forth,
hurry to the holy place,
and worship the infant
in swaddling clothes.


  • 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: 16
Word count: 68