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German Song Lyrics

German Christmas Carols

Christmas Carol Lyrics in German and English

„Süßer die Glocken nie klingen“

“Sweeter the Bells Never Sound”

This German Christmas carol dates back to the 1850s. Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger, the author of the lyrics, was a German theologian, teacher, and poet born near Berlin on January 24, 1816. For the melody, Kritzinger borrowed a traditional Thuringian harvest song entitled "Dort sinket die Sonne im Westen" ("There the sun sets in the west").


Melodie: Volksweise aus Thüringen
Text: Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger (1816-1890)

DEUTSCH

Süßer die Glocken nie klingen
Als zu der Weihnachtszeit.
S’ist als ob Engelein singen
Wieder von Frieden und Freud’,
Wie sie gesungen in seliger Nacht,
Wie sie gesungen in seliger Nacht,
Glocken mit heiligem Klang,
Klinget die Erde entlang!

Oh, wenn die Glocken erklingen,
Schnell sie das Christkindlein hört.
Tut sich vom Himmel dann schwingen,
Eilet hernieder zur Erd’.
Segnet den Vater, die Mutter,
  das Kind.
Segnet den Vater, die Mutter,
  das Kind.
Glocken mit heiligem Klang,
Klinget die Erde entlang!

Klinget mit lieblichem Schalle
Über die Meere noch weit,
Dass sich erfreuen doch alle
Seliger Weihnachtszeit.
Alle aufjauchzen mit herrlichem Sang.
Alle aufjauchzen mit herrlichem Sang.
Glocken mit heiligem Klang,
Klinget die Erde entlang!
ENGLISH

Sweeter the bells never sound
Than at Christmas time
It's as if angels are singing
Again of peace and joy
As they sang on the blessed night
As they sang on the blessed night
Bells with a holy sound,
The earth rings in harmony!

Oh, when the bells ring out
Quickly the Christ Child hears them
Then swings down from heaven,
Hurries down to earth
Blesses the father, the mother,
  the child.
Blesses the father, the mother,
  the child.
Bells with a holy sound,
The earth rings in harmony!

Ring with lovely sounds
Very far over the seas
so that all may rejoice
in the blessed Christmas time.
All shout out in glorious song.
All shout out in glorious song.
Bells with a holy sound,
The earth rings in harmony!

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