Die Weihnachtsnachtigall (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2012-09-02)  CPDL #27021:      (Finale 2011)
Editor: James W. Keefe (submitted 2012-08-27).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 34 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by James W. Keefe.

General Information

Title: Die Weinachtsnachtigall
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCarol

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2008
Description: Traditional Carol

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Lieb Nachtigall wach auf,
Wach auf du schönes Vögelein
Auf jenen grünen Zweigelein,
Wach Hurtig ohn Verschnauf!
Dem Kindelein,
Heut geboren,
Halb erfroren,
sing, sing, sing!
dem zarten Jesulein!

Flieg her zum Kripplein klein,
Flieg her gefieder Schwesterlein,
Lass tonen hold dein Schnabelein,
Sing, Nachtigall gar fein!
Dem Kindelein,
Frohlich singe,
Lieblich klinge,
Fluglein schwinge,
sing, sing, sing!
dem zarten Jesulein!

English.png English translation

The Christmas Nightingale

1. Sweet nightingale awake; Awake, you beautiful little bird
On those green sprigs, awake briskly without a breath!
To the little child, chosen one, born today, half frozen,
Sing! Sing! Sing! Sing! to the delicate little Jesus!

2.Fly hither to the small manger, fly hither feathered little sister,
Let your beak chirp gracefully, sing nightingale how fine!
To the little child, joyously sing, sound sweetly, swing little wings,
Sing! Sing! Sing! Sing! To the delicate little Jesus!