Ein Kindelein so löbelich

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Originally the second stanza of Der Tag der ist so freudenreich, a 15th century version of 14th century Christmas song entitled 'Dies est laetitiae'. In later settings Ein Kindelein so löbelich appears more frequently on its own, or, occasionally, coupled with Joseph, lieber Joseph mein

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Text and translations

German.png German text

Ein Kindelein so löbelich
ist uns geboren heute,
von einer Jungfrau säuberlich,
zu Trost uns armen Leuten.
Wär uns das Kindelein nicht geborn
so wärn wir allzumal verlorn.
Das Heil ist unser aller.
Eia, du süsser Jesu Christ,
das du Mensch geboren bist,
behüt uns vor der Hölle.

English.png English translation

Such a lovely child
is born to us today,
of a virgin, and in a seemly manner,
as succour for us lowly people.
Had the child not been born
we were entirely bereft.
This salvation is our everything.
Hail, sweetest Jesus Christ,
For your birth in human form
shelters us from perdition.

(Trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)

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