Scripture Verse

He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names. Psalm 147:4

Introduction

Words: J. Wil­helm Hey, Fa­beln für Kin­der, se­cond ser­ies, 1837 (Weißt du, wie viel Stern­lein ste­hen). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John H. W. Dulck­en (vers­es 1 & 3); trans­lat­or of verse 2 is un­known.

Music: Ger­man tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Dulck­en (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
J. Wilhelm Hey
(1789–1854)

Lyrics

Can you count the stars that brightly
Twinkle in the midnight sky?
Can you count the clouds, so lightly
O’er the meadows floating by?
God, the Lord, doth mark their number,
With His eyes that never slumber
He hath made them every one,
He hath made them every one.

Can you count the wings now flashing
In the sunshine’s golden light?
Can you count the fishes splashing
In the cooling waters bright?
God, the Lord, a name hath given,
To all creatures under Heaven;
He hath named them every one,
He hath named them every one.

Do you know how many children
Rise each morning blithe and gay?
Can you count their jolly voices,
Singing sweetly day by day?
God hears all the happy voices,
In their merry songs rejoices;
And He loves them, every one
And He loves them, every one.