Wir wollen alle fröhlich sein

"Wir wollen alle fröhlich sein"
German Easter hymn
Textby Cyriakus Schneegass (stanzas 2–5)
Melodyby the Bohemian Brethren
Composed1544 (1544)
Published1573 (1573)
About this soundTune EG 106 

"Wir wollen alle fröhlich sein" ("We all want to be merry", freely: "Rejoice we all this Easter-tide!") is a German Easter hymn, with a text mostly by Cyriakus Schneegass, who added to an older first stanza, and a 1544 tune by the Bohemian Brethren. It was published in Wittenberg in 1573.


The first stanza of "Wir wollen alle fröhlich sein" was written in the 14th century in Medingen Abbey, a nuns' monastery. The following four stanzas were added by Cyriakus Schneegass in Eisleben. The melody appears first in a Bohemian monastery in Hohenfurt, another sources says "Böhmische Brüder 1544" (Bohemian Brethren 1544). It was printed in Wittenberg in 1573.[1][2] It has appeared in German-language hymnals, including in the Protestant hymnal Evangelisches Gesangbuch as EG 100, and in the Catholic hymnal Gotteslob as GL 326.[1]


  1. ^ a b "326; ö / Wir wollen alle fröhlich sein (L) / Gesänge - Jahr - Osterzeit". mein-gotteslob.de (in German). Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Lied der Woche / Wir wollen alle fröhlich sein" (in German). ERF. 16 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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