possibly by Richard Fedor Leopold Dehmel (1863 - 1920)
Translation Singable translation by John Bernhoff (flourished 1890-1912)

Weihnachtsfreude
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Aus trauter Kindheit Tagen
steigt hold ein Traum empor,
draus hebt ein heimlich Klingen
sich zaubrisch süß zum Ohr.
O Weihnachtsfreud, o sel'ge Zeit
vor stiller Liebe, voll jauchzend froher Lust!
Wie dehnte dein Nahen die junge Brust!

Die Knabenjahre schwanden,
der Jüngling zog hinaus,
zu ringen mit dem Leben,
fern lag das Elternhaus.
O Weihnachtsfreud, o sel'ge Zeit
vor stiller Liebe, voll jauchzend froher Lust!
Wie schwoll da von Sehnsucht des Jünglings Brust!

Nun ist er fest geworden
in Lebens Weh und Glück,
doch sanft und reich wie einstens
klingts heut in ihm zurück:
O Weihnachtsfreud, o sel'ge Zeit
vor stiller Liebe, voll jauchzend froher Lust!
Wie dehnst du noch heute des Mannes Brust!
O Weihnachtsfreud, o Weihnachtsfreud,
o sel'ge, sel'ge Zeit!
O Weihnachtsfreud!

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

  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , title 1: "Christmas-Cheer"
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Constantin) , title 1: "Noël"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2008-03-31
Line count: 24
Word count: 125

Christmas‑Cheer
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
At times a dream comes o'er us
Of childhood's days so dear,
We hear sweet voices calling;
Their magic charms our ear.
O Christmas cheer, o blissful tide,
Thou tellst of love and thou biddest grief depart!
Thy coming enchanted the infant's heart!

Fond boyhood's years they vanished;
The youth he longed to roam,
With life he fain would wrestle,
Far lay his native home.
O Christmas cheer, o blissful tide,
Thou tellst of love and thou biddest grief depart!
Thy joys filled with longing the youth's fond heart!

The youth has grown to manhood,
Has tasted grief and joy,
Yet he recalls those strains he sang
When he was once a boy;
O Christmas cheer, o blissful tide,
Thou tellst of love and thou biddest grief depart!
Thy coming delights still the manly heart!
O Christmas cheer, thy joys recall
The days of childhood dear!
Of childhood dear!

From the Humperdinck score.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-07-10
Line count: 24
Word count: 149