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Language: German (Deutsch)

 Leise weht's durch alle Lande
 wie ein Gruss vom Sternenzeit,
 schlinget neue Liebesbande
 um die ganze weite Welt.
 Jedes Herz mit starkem Triebe
 ist zu Opfern froh bereit,
 denn es naht das Fest der Liebe,
 denn es naht die Weihnachtszeit.
 Und schon hat mit tausend Sternen
 sich des Himmels Glanz entfacht,
 leise tönt aus Himmelsfernen
 Weihgesang der heil'gen Nacht.
 Hell aus jedem Fenster strahlet
 wundersam des Chritsbaums Licht,
 und der Freude schimmer malet
 sich auf jedem Angesicht.
 Lichte Himmelsboten schweben
 ungeseh'n von Haus zu Haus;
 selig Nehmen, selig Geben
 geht von ihrer Mitte aus.
 O willkommen, Weihnachtsabend,
 allen Menschen, gross und klein!
 Friedebringend, froh und labend
 mögst du allen Herzen sein!

Translation(s): ENG ENG

Submitted by Barbara Miller


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 (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Christmas Eve", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , title 1: "Christmas"

Text added to the website: 2004-12-20.

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