Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Draußen blinket in silbernem Schein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Draußen [blinket in silbernem]1 Schein
Schon der Mond mit den Sternelein,
Und [der Tag ist wieder entfloh'n]2,
Blumen und Vögel [sie]3 schlafen schon.
   [Su su su!
   Schlaf auch du!
Schlafe, mein Kindchen, in süßer Ruh!]3

Leid und Freude, Kummer und Qual
Ziehen [noch]4 über Berg und Thal,
Suchen Herberg' im Abendschein,
Schleichen in Haus und [Herzen]5 ein.
   [Su su su!]6
   Schlaf auch du!
Schlafe, mein Kindchen, in süßer Ruh!

Kommt die [Freude]7, wir lassen sie ein,
Leid und Kummer soll draußen sein.
Nur die [Freude halte]8 die Wacht
[Fröhlich]9 bei dir die [lange]10 Nacht!
   [Su su su!
   Schlaf auch du!
Schlafe, mein Kindchen, in süßer Ruh!]3

Schleicht das Leid sich [dennoch]11 ein,
[Heißt, mein Kindchen, dich weinen und schrei'n]12,
[Eilt die Mutterliebe]13 herzu,
Sitzt an der Wieg' und [singet im Nu]14:
   [Su su su!]6
   Schlaf auch du!
Schlafe, mein Kindchen, in süßer Ruh!

F. Gumbert sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed with Kinderlieder von Hoffmann von Fallersleben. Erste vollständige Ausgabe besorgt durch Dr. Lionel von Donop, Zweite Auflage, Berlin, G. Grote'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1878, pages 27-28.

1 Reinecke: "blickt im silbernen"
2 Gumbert: "wieder ist der Tag entfloh'n"
3 Omitted by Reinecke.
4 Gumbert: "all' "
5 Gumbert: "in Herzen"
6 Reinecke: "Alles schläft, so"
7 Reinecke: "Freud'"
8 Gumbert: "Freude, die halte"
9 Reinecke: "Treulich"
10 Gumbert: "ganze"
11 Reinecke: "doch bei dir"
12 Reinecke: "Heißt dich weinen, süss' Kindchen mein"
13 Reinecke: "Mutterliebe, sie eilt"
14 Reinecke: "singt dazu"

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Slumber song", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2007-06-07
Line count: 28
Word count: 143

Slumber song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Outdoors [blinking]1 with a silvery shining
Already appears the moon with the stars,
And the day has again flown by,
The flowers and the birds are already sleeping.
   [Su su su!
   You sleep too!
Sleep, my little child, in sweet peace!]2

Sorrow and joy, grief and agony
Are still passing over hill and valley,
They are searching for a lodging place,
They creep into houses and hearts.
[Su su su!]3
You sleep too!
Sleep, my little child, in sweet peace!

If joy comes, we will let in in,
Sorrow and grief shall remain outside.
Only joy may keep watch
[Happily]4 beside you throughout the long night!
   [Su su su!
   You sleep too!
Sleep, my little child, in sweet peace!]2


Should sorrow creep in nevertheless
And bid you cry and scream, my little child,
Motherly love will hurry hence,
Will sit by the cradle and sing at once:
[Su su su!]3
You sleep too!
Sleep, my little child, in sweet peace!

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Reinecke: "gazing [down]"
2 Omitted by Reinecke.
3 Reinecke: "Everything is sleeping, therefore"
4 Reinecke: "Faithfully"
5 Reinecke: "Bids you cry, dear little child of mine"
6 Reinecke: "singt in accompaniment [presumably to the rocking of the cradle]"

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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-27
Line count: 28
Word count: 160