Here is the other song by Matthias Claudius in the German hymnbook. You can see it once, below, with the organist running ahead of the congregation. On You-tube, there is criticism of the organist for being too fast. As for myself, I have great sympathy for the organist. The song is very robust and should have good strength with a decent clip.
Below an English choir with the same song in English. Very nicely performed, however, lacking in the simple, rustic feeling. To me it should be sung with a bounce, almost like children skipping along. What do you think Gary?
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