by Johannes Schlaf (1862 - 1941)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE NOR
Der schönste Cherub kommt;
mit weitweißen sanften Schwingen 
schimmert er durchs Dunkel:
kalt, starr und schaurig und süß
wie der Wille Gottes,


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Hiver", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , title 1: "Vinter", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Virginia Knight

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 23

Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Le plus beau des Chérubins arrive ;
avec des ailes larges, blanches, douces,
il brille à travers l'obscurité :
froid, immobile, et terrible et doux
comme la volonté de Dieu,
chuchotant des chants de la patrie.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-05
Line count: 6
Word count: 36