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Language: German (Deutsch)

Gott, deine Güte reicht so weit,
So weit die Wolken gehen,
Du krönst uns mit Barmherzigkeit
Und eilst, uns beizustehen.
Herr! Meine Burg, mein Fels, mein Hort,
Vernimm mein Flehn, merk auf mein Wort;
Denn ich will vor dir beten!

Ich bitte nicht um Überfluß
Und Schätze dieser Erden.
Laß mir, so viel ich haben muß,
Nach deiner Gnade werden.
Gib mir nur Weisheit und Verstand,
Dich, Gott, und den, den du gesandt,
Und mich selbst zu erkennen.

Ich bitte nicht um Ehr und Ruhm,
So sehr sie Menschen rühren;
Des guten Namens Eigentum
Laß mich nur nicht verlieren.
Mein wahrer Ruhm sei meine Pflicht,
Der Ruhm vor deinem Angesicht,
Und frommer Freunde Liebe.

So bitt ich dich, Herr Zebaoth,
Auch nicht um langes Leben.
Im Glücke Demut, Mut in Not,
Das wolltest du mir geben.
In deiner Hand steht meine Zeit;
Laß du mich nur Barmherzigkeit
Vor dir im Tode finden.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

List of language codes

C. Bach sets stanzas 1-2, 4
L. Beethoven sets stanza 1

Submitted by Vinzenz Haab


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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Plea", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Angelika Frenzel) , title 1: "Prière", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "Preghiera", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Smeekbede", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:29
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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 God, your goodness reaches so far,
 as far as clouds float;
 you crown us with mercy
 and hurry to our aid.
 Lord! My castle, my rock, my shield,
 hear my plea, listen to my words;
 for I will pray before you!

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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