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Die Könige

Language: German

Drei Könige wandern aus Morgenland;
Ein Sternlein führt sie zum Jordanstrand.
In Juda fragen und forschen die drei,
Wo der neugeborene König sei?
Sie wollen Weihrauch, Myrrhen und Gold
Dem Kinde spenden zum Opfersold.

Und hell erglänzet des Sternes Schein:
Zum Stalle gehen die Kön'ge ein;
Das Knäblein schaun sie wonniglich,
Anbetend neigen die Könige sich;
Sie bringen Weihrauch, Myrrhen und Gold
Zum Opfer dar dem Knäblein hold.

O Menschenkind! halte treulich Schritt!
Die Kön'ge wandern, o wandre mit!
Der Stern der Liebe, der Gnade Stern
Erhelle dein Ziel, so du suchst den Herrn,
Und fehlen Weihrauch, Myrrhen und Gold,
Schenke dein Herz dem Knäblein hold!



Translation(s): ENG ITA ENG

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 (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The Kings", copyright ©
    * ITA Italian (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "I Re", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English [singable] (H. N. Bate) , title 1: "The three kings"

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The Kings

Language: English

Three kings are traveling from the East;
a small star leads them to Jordan.
In Judea they ask and search, these three,
where the new-born king is.
They wish to bring incense, myrrh and gold
as an offering to the child.

And the light of the star shines brightly:
the kings go into the stall;
gazing with wonder at the child,
the kings bow low in worship.
They bring incense, myrrh and gold
as an offering to the sweet baby boy.

O Sons of Man! keep faith!
The kings are journeying - travel with them! 
The star of love, the star of grace
shine on your goal as you seek the Lord,
and if you lack incense, myrrh and gold,
give instead your heart to that sweet baby boy!



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Authorship

    * Translation from German to English copyright © by Emily Ezust,


    (emily at lieder dot net)

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

    Translation copyright © by Emily Ezust, from The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive -- http://www.lieder.net/.

    For any other purpose, please write to the above e-mail address to request permission and discuss possible fees.

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