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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA
Das einst ein Kind auf Erden war,
Christkindlein kommt noch jedes Jahr.

Kommet vom hohen Sternenzelt,
Freut und beglücket alle Welt!

Mit Kindern feiert's froh den Tag,
Wo Christkind in der Krippe lag;

Den Christbaum zündet's überall,
Weckt Orgelklang und Glockenschall.

Christkindlein kommt zu arm und reich,
Die Guten sind ihm alle gleich.

Danket ihm denn und grüßt es fein,
Auch euch beglückte Christkindlein!


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Christ-child", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "Gesù Bambino", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 64

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
He who once was a child on this earth,
the Christ-child, comes yet again every year.

He comes from the sublime starry sky,
and delights and inspires all the world!

He joyously celebrates with children the day
the Christchild lay in his manger;

All around, he ignites the Christmas trees
and awakens the peal of an organ and the toll of bells.

The Christ-child comes to the poor and the rich,
for to him, the good are all alike.

Thank him then, and greet him well;
the Christ-child has made you happy as well!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 94