Song: Laterne, Laterne

Learn to sing a traditional St. Martin’s Day song!

As part of St. Martin’s day celebrations, children go from door to door singing songs. One popular song is called Laterne, Laterne.

Laterne, Laterne –
Sonne, Mond und Sterne.
Brenne auf, mein Licht,
Brenne auf, mein Licht
Aber nur meine liebe Laterne nicht.

English translation

Lantern, Lantern –
Sun, moon and stars.
Burn, my light,
Burn, my light,
But not my dear lantern.

You can find the sheet music to sing along here.

If you enjoyed learning ‘Laterne, Laterne’, why not learn Ich geh’ mit meiner Laterne, another traditional St. Martin’s day song?

voyage kids singers

Listen to voyage kids singers singing Laterne, Laterne.

voyage kids singers – Gretton Primary School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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voyage kids singers – Logie Primary School, Dunphail, Forres, Scotland

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voyage kids singers – Guildford High School

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For teachers

Why not record your pupils singing one of the Laterne songs in German?

Or show us how your school is celebrating St. Martin’s day this year. Whether you’re making lanterns or drawing or reading the story, we’d love to hear about it and showcase this on our website!

Just send us your pictures, recordings (as an MP3 file) or tell us your stories, by emailing – Don’t forget to tell us your name, the name and address of your school, and what class your pupils are from.

Words Ahoy! · Wörter Ahoi!

Deutsch English
die Laterne lantern
die Sonne sun
der Mond moon
die Sterne stars
brennen to burn
das Licht light