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Three Motets

Word count: 212

Song Cycle by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Original language: Drei Motetten

1. But I am wretched

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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But I am wretched and full of woe.

Lord, Lord God, 
merciful and gracious and patient,
of the greatest clemency and constancy,
you who show mercy to a thousand generations,
and forgive misdeeds, trespasses and sin
and before whom nobody is innocent,

God, Lord God, may your help protect me.


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2. Ah, poor world

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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Ah, poor world, you deceive me -
yes, in fact I confess it -
and I cannot yet avoid you.

You false world, you are not real.
Your glint fades, I know it indeed,
with woe and great suffering.

Your honour and your goodness, you poor world,
fail in death and times of true need;
your treasure is vain, false money...
Help me, Lord, to come to peace with this.


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3. When we are in deepest need

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Paul Eber (1511 - 1569), written 1560 DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms. Go to the text.

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When we are in deepest need
and know not what to do,
and find neither help nor counsel,
although we worry morning and night,

then it is our only solace
together to frequently
call upon you, O constant God,
for deliverance from our fear and need.

[ ... ]

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