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Schlafendes Jesuskind

Language: German

Sohn der Jungfrau, Himmelskind! am Boden
Auf dem Holz der Schmerzen eingeschlafen,
Das der fromme Meister, sinnvoll spielend,
Deinen leichten Träumen unterlegte;
Blume du, noch in der Knospe dämmernd
Eingehüllt die Herrlichkeit des Vaters!
O wer sehen könnte, welche Bilder
Hinter dieser Stirne, diesen schwarzen
Wimpern sich in sanftem Wechsel malen!



Translation(s): ENG ITA FRE FRE

Confirmed with Mörike, Eduard. Gedichte, Dramatisches, Erzählendes, Stuttgart: J.G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Nachf., 1961, page 127.


Submitted by Sharon Krebs

Authorship

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):
    * ENG English (Eric Sams) , title 1: "Sleeping Christ-child", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "Gesù Bambino che dorme", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le sommeil de l'enfant Jésus", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "L'Enfant Jésus endormi", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Sleeping Christ‑child

Language: English

Son of the Virgin, child of Heaven, lying on the floor
asleep on the wood of suffering
that the pious painter has placed -
a meaningful allusion - under your light dreams;
You flower, even in the bud, darkling and sheathed,
still the glory of God the Father!
O, who could see, behind this brow, these dark lashes,
what softly-changing pictures are being painted!
Son of the Virgin, child of Heaven!



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    * Translation from German to English copyright © by Eric Sams, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol © and the URL http://www.lieder.net/

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.