||Poetry by Aryeh Leib ben Natan Kinderfreund. The title page gives the name of the work and author in Hebrew and the title and publication information in German. There is a dedication to his brother R. Abraham Ozar Kinderfreund, an introduction by the author, a four page list of subscribers who made publication possible, organized by place, additional prefatory material in both Yiddish and Hebrew, and then the poetry. The verse is in a single column in vocalized Hebrew. Shirim Shonim is comprised of both lyric poems and pastoral odes. This collection is the Kinderfreund’s only published work.
Aryeh Leib Kinderfreund, (1788–1837), Galician Haskalah poet. Born in Zamosc (Poland), the son of a well-to-do family, he received a broad Jewish and secular education. His family's fortunes declined, and had to make use of his knowledge of classical philology and the modern languages. Kinderfreund moved to Galicia and became a teacher. For a time he taught in Tarnopol, in the Hebrew school established by J. Perl; later he moved to Jaroslaw, and finally to Brody. Kinderfreund left in manuscript a study of the Hebrew language (he attempted to prove that it is the mother of all tongues), in which he also deals with tonal poetic meter in Hebrew, in which he was a pioneer, using examples from his own works. In addition, also left in manuscript Hebrew poems, among which one compares the Jewish New-Year with that of other creeds; and an apologetical treatise in which are reproduced religious controversies between the author and a prominent Christian whose children he instructed.