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Posted By: Wilfried Schaum
19-Jun-02 - 04:30 AM
Thread Name: Help: singing in German
Subject: RE: Help: singing in German
Ebbie - Thanks for the intersting insights into Amish country life and dialectology.
Albeit there are lots of variants of this cradle song in Germany, there are always father and mother mentioned, no grandparents. The father is mostly herding the sheep because of the rhyme - mother's task may vary. My most favourite version:

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf!
Sleep, baby, sleep!
Der Vater hüt't die Schaf'.
The father herds the sheep.
Die Mutter schüttelt's Bäumelein,
The mother shakes the little tree,
Fällt herab ein Träumelein.
Falls down a little dream.
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf!
Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep well
Wilfried