“Ihr Kinderlein, kommet” is a German Christmas carol written by Catholic priest and writer Christoph van Schmid in 1798. His poem “Die Kinder bei der Krippe” (The Children at the Manger) originally had eight verses and was first published in 1811. The music to the poem as it is known today was written by the composer Johann Abraham Peter Schulz in 1790 as a secular song named “Wie reizend, wie wonnig” (How Charming, How Pleasant): “Oh, Come, Little Children.”
Oh, come, little children, oh, come, one and all,
To Bethlehem’s stable, in Bethlehem’s stall.
And see with rejoicing this glorious sight,
Our Father in heaven has sent us this night.
Oh, see in the manger, in hallow’d light
A star throws its beam on this holiest sight.
In clean swaddling clothes lies the heavenly Child,
More lovely than angels, this Baby so mild.
Oh, there lies the Christ Child, on hay and on straw;
The shepherds are kneeling before Him with awe.
And Mary and Joseph smile on Him with love,
While angels are singing sweet songs from above.