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Ach, Herr! wie lange willst du mein so...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Hebrew (עברית)

1. Dem Sangmeister, ein Psalm Davids.
2. Ach, Herr! wie lange willst du mein so ganz vergessen?
   Wie lange noch dein Antlitz mir verbergen?
3. Wie lange muß ich meinen Geist mit Sinnen,
   Mein Herz mit Sorgen täglich quälen?
   Wie lange noch mein Feind obsiegen? 
                  *  *  *
4. Schau herab! erhöre mich! Ach Ewiger! mein Gott!
   Erleuchte meine Augen wieder, 
   Daß ich des Todes nicht entschlafe.
5. Sonst spricht mein Feind: "den überwand ich!"
   Frohlocken Widersacher meines Falles.
                  *  *  *
6. Doch ich vertraue deiner Güte, 
   Mein Herz frohlockt, ob deiner Hülfe,
   Dem Ewigen singe [ich]1; denn er that mir wohl.

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Confirmed with Die Psalmen. Uebersetzt von Moses Mendelssohn. Mit allergnädigsten Freyheiten. Berlin, bey Friedrich Maurer, 1783, pages 23-24; and with Moses Mendelssohn's sämmtliche Werke. Achter Band. Enthält: die Psalmen. Wörtlich nach der vierten Original-Auflage. Ofen, u. Groß-Wardein 1819. In der Paul Burian'schen Buchhandlung, pages 36-37.

1 omitted in Mendelssohn's complete edition (1819)

Submitted by Ted Perry and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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

  • by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Der 13. Psalm", D. 663 (1819), published 1927, first performed 1927 [voice, piano], fragment: the final 6 bars are lost and were supplemented by E. Mandyczewski [ sung text checked 1 time]

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Salm XIII", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Psalm 13", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Psalm 13

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

1 Ach, Heer! Hoe lang nog zult gij mij geheel vergeten?
Hoe lang mij nog uw aangezicht verbergen?
2 Hoe lang ook moet ik nog mijn geest met piek'ren,
3 Mijn hart met zorgen daag'lijks kwellen?
4 Hoe lang zal nog mijn vijand winnen? Kijk omlaag! Verhoor mij toch! Ach, Eeuwige, mijn God!
Laat licht weer in mijn ogen komen, dat 'k aan de doodsslaap niet ten prooi val.
5 Anders zegt mijn vijand: 'Die overwon ik!'
En juichen tegenstanders om mijn neergang.
6 Maar ik verlaat mij op uw goedheid, mijn hart juicht blij om uw bescherming.
Voor d' Eeuwige jubel ik; want Hij deed mij wel.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Moses Mendelssohn (1729 - 1786), "Psalm XIII", first published 1783 CAT ENG GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-05-31.
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