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Sandmännchen (1857) WoO 31 no.4

Sandmännchen

Die Blümelein sie schlafen
Schon längst im Mondenschein,
Sie nicken mit den Köpfen
Auf ihren Stengelein.
Es rüttelt sich der Blütenbaum,
Es säuselt wie im Traum:
Schlafe, schlafe, schlaf du, meine Kindelein!
Die Vögelein sie sangen
So süß im Sonnenschein,
Sie sind zur Ruh gegangen
In ihre Nestchen klein.
Das Heimchen in dem Ährengrund,
Es tut allein sich kund:
Schlafe, schlafe, schlaf du, meine Kindelein!
Sandmännchen kommt geschlichen
Und guckt durchs Fensterlein,
Ob irgend noch ein Liebchen
Nicht mag zu Bette sein.
Und wo es nur ein Kindchen fand,
Streut er ihm in die Augen Sand.
Schlafe, schlafe, schlaf du, meine Kindelein!
Sandmännchen aus dem Zimmer,
Es schläft mein Herzchen fein,
Es ist gar fest verschlossen
Schon sein Guckäugelein.
Es leuchtet morgen mir Willkomm
Das Äugelein so fromm!
Schlafe, schlafe, schlaf du, meine Kindelein!

The little sandman

The little flowers have long been
Sleeping in the moonlight,
They nod their heads
On their little stems.
The blossom quivers on the tree,
Rustling as though in a dream:
Sleep now, sleep, my little child!
The little birds, who sang
So sweetly in the sunshine,
Have now gone to rest
In their little nests.
The tiny cricket in the cornfield
Makes its presence known:
Sleep now, sleep, my little child!
The little sandman comes stealing up
And peers through the window-pane,
To see if there’s still a little dear
Who won’t go to bed.
And wherever he finds such a child,
He scatters sand in its eyes.
Sleep now, sleep, my little child!
The sandman’s left the room,
My little darling’s fast asleep,
His little eyes
Are tightly closed.
His little eyes will greet me
Fondly in the morning!
Sleep now, sleep, my little child!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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