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Shepherds’ Cradle Song (Piano Solo)

About the Song

“Wiegenlied der Hirten,” Traditional German carol, arranged for intermediate piano solo.
German text by Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart (1786); melody by Heinrich Reimann (1895).

(Lyrics are included here for reference. They don’t appear on the piano solo sheet music.)

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Schlaf wohl, du Himmelsknabe du,
Schlaf wohl, du süßes Kind!
Dich fächeln Engelein in Ruh
Mit sanftem Himmelswind,
Wir arme Hirten singen dir
Ein herzigs Wiegenliedlein für.
Himmelssöhnchen schlafe!

Maria hat mit Mutterblick
Dich leise zugedeckt;
Und Joseph hält den Hauch zurück,
Daß er dich nicht erweckt.
Die Schäflein, die im Stalle sind,
Verstummen vor dir Himmelskind.
Himmelssöhnchen, schlafe!

Bald wirst du groß, dann fließt dein Blut
Von Golgatha herab;
Ans Kreuz schlägt dich der Menschen Wuth,
Dann legt man dich ins Grab.
Hab’ immer deine Äuglein zu,
Denn du bedarfst der süßen Ruh.
Himmelssöhnchen, schlafe!

So schlummert in der Mutter Schoß
Noch manches Kindlein ein;
Doch wird das arme Kindlein groß,
So hat es Angst und Pein.
O Jesulein! durch deine Huld,
Hilfs ihnen tragen mit Geduld.
Himmelssöhnchen, schlafe!

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  1. Holly Siebach

    This is absolutely gorgeous. I’m planning on using it as a prelude for Sacrament Meeting. Thank you so much!

  2. Dennis DeFord

    Here’s the English lyric translation in Charles Macpherson’s choral arrangement.

    O sleep thou heav’n born treasure, thou,
    sleep sound, thou dearest child;
    White angle wings shall fan thy brow
    with breezes soft and mild.
    Lullaby, lullaby, sleep, sleep softly, lullaby.

    See, Mary has with Mother’s love a bed for thee outspread,
    While Joseph stoops and watches at thy head,
    The lambkins in the stall so nigh, that thou may’st sleep,
    have hushed their cry.
    Lullaby, lullaby, sleep, sleep softly, lullaby.

    And when thou’rt big and art a man
    full woe’s in store for thee;
    For cruel men thy death will plan, and hang thee on a tree.
    So sleep my baby whilst thou may,
    ’twill give thee rest against that day.
    Lullaby, lullaby, sleep, sleep softly, lullaby.

  3. Sandi Baert

    Could the lyrics be translated into English. Wish I could speak German.

  4. Linda

    When will you have words to this beautiful piece?


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