Thursday, July 13, 2006

More Songs & Update on Naming Ceremony

I made a post a long time ago about a song I sing to Amelia which is set to the melody that her musical lamb plays. I play it to her when I am changing her nappy and since I didn't know the original German lullaby I made up my own words to the tune. This is what I sing

You are my Melia.
You are my one little girl,
You are the centre of my world.

I had a student visiting today, for a tutorial, and I asked her to listen and tell me what was the original melody. I have now solved the puzzle. Below is the German lullaby (excuse absence of umlauts, Blogger doesn't appear to support them!).

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf.
Der Vater huet't die Schaf.
Die Mutter schuettelt's Baeumelein,
Da faellt herab ein Traeumelein.
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf!

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf.
Am Himmel ziehn die Schaf.
Die Sternlein sind die Laemmerlein,
Der Mond, der ist das Schaeferlein.
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf!

Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf.
So schenk' ich dir ein Schaf.
Mit einer goldnen Schelle fein,
Das soll dein Spielgeselle sein.
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf.

And an English tranlation

Sleep, baby, sleep.
Your father tends the sheep.
Your mother shakes the branches small,
Lovely dreams in showers fall.
Sleep, baby, sleep.

Sleep, baby, sleep.
Across the heavens move the sheep.
The little stars are lambs, I guess,
And the moon is the shepherdess.
Sleep, baby, sleep.

Sleep, baby, sleep.
I'll give to you a sheep.
And it shall have a bell of gold
For you to play with and to hold.
Sleep, baby, sleep.

On another topic, I am busy reading a book all about batism and naming ceremonies: "A practical guide to Alternative Baptism and Baby-Naming" by Kate Gordon. On Sunday Sheep and I are meeting with the appointed committee at the Quaker meeting, in order to consider the proposed meeting for worship to welcome Amelia and Barnaby. As far as I understand, and this hasn't been explicitly clarified, it's a sort of 'meeting for clearness': a meeting, amongst Friends, to determine the clear intentions of those involved (usually referring to marriage) or more generally in respect to the meeting becoming clear about the way to proceed with any project that the meeting is considering. I am making sure that I am doing my homework prior to Sunday.


At 3:14 pm, Anonymous Dad said...

You need to sing the song on the blog, so that uninformed persons such as I can know the melody!

Did you get clothes n Bilbao Book?

At 10:11 pm, Blogger Arcy_Dee said...

Click on this link for the melody:


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