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Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland

Language: German

Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland,
Sie frugen in jedem Städtchen:
"Wo geht der Weg nach Bethlehem,
ihr lieben Buben und Mädchen?"

Die Jungen und Alten, sie [wußten es]1 nicht, 
Die Könige zogen weiter;
Sie folgten einem goldenen Stern,
Der leuchtete lieblich und heiter.

Der Stern blieb stehn über Josephs Haus,
Da sind sie hineingegangen;
Das Öchslein brüllte, das Kindlein schrie, 
Die heiligen drei Könige sangen.



Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG RUS SWE ENG FRE

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1 Strauss: "wußten's"

Authorship

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

Set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown RUS FRE SWE [text unavailable] Set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown RUS FRE SWE [text unavailable] Set in Russian, a translation by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok (1880 - 1921) , title unknown, 1909 ENG FRE ENG SWE Set in Swedish, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown RUS ENG FRE ENG [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Sarah Hoffman) , "The three holy kings from the eastern land", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , title unknown, from Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, published 1881
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , "Les trois rois mages de l'Orient", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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