Kein Tierlein ist auf Erden

Kein Tierlein ist auf Erden. Clemens Brentano* (1788-1842). Originally published in Brentano’s fairy story ‘Gockel und Hinkel’ (1815/16), it was later revised as Gockel, Hinkel, Gackeleja (1838), where it had ten stanzas. It is found in EG at no. 509, in the ‘Natur und Jahreszeiten’ section, set to a tune by Richard Rudolf Klein dated 1962. The story, which takes place in the mouse kingdom, concerns a princess who acquires a special ring that requires her to go on a quest. Before setting out, there is a service in which this hymn is used in a procession (in the later revision it is a lullaby). In it all the creatures praise God in a joyful choir: the bird sings (‘Der Vogel dir singt’), the...

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