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Die arme Seele

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im Himmel, im Himmel sind der Freuden soviel,
da singen die Engel, sie haben gut Spiel.
Dort hinten, dort hinten, bei der himmlischen Tür,
dort stet eine arme Seele, schaut traurig herfür.
"Was traurist, was traurist, arme seele vor Gott?"
"Ich han übertreten die zehn Gebot'."
Arme Seele mein, komm zu mir ins Paradeis,
dann werden deine Kleider ja alle schneeweiß.

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La pauvre âme", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-11-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:01
Line count: 8
Word count: 61

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La pauvre âme

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Au ciel, il y a tant de joies,
Là chantent les anges, ils jouent bien,
Là derrière, à la porte du ciel,
se tient une pauvre âme, regardant tristement.
"Pourquoi es-tu triste, pourquoi es-tu triste,pauvre âme devant Dieu ?"
"J'ai trangressé les dix commandements."
Pauvre âme, viens à moi au paradis,
puis revêts les habits tout blancs comme la neige.

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Text added to the website: 2008-11-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:01
Line count: 8
Word count: 60