Translations © by Guy Laffaille

Song Cycle by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Word count: 262
Original language: Zwei Motetten

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1. Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen 
Warum? Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen,
und das Leben den betrübten Herzen? Warum?
Die des Todes warten und kommt nicht,
und grüben ihn wohl aus dem Verborgenen;
die sich fast freuen und sind fröhlich,
daß sie das Grab bekommen. Warum?
Und dem Manne, deß Weg verborgen ist,
und Gott vor ihm den selben bedecket. Warum?

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Natalie Macfarren) , first published 1879
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , Job 3:20-23, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Lasset uns unser Herz samt den Händen
aufheben zu Gott im Himmel.

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Natalie Macfarren) , first published 1879
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , Lamentations 3:41, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Siehe, wir preisen selig, die erduldet haben.
Die Geduld Hiob habt ihr gehöret, 
und das Ende des Herrn habt ihr gesehen; 
denn der Herr ist barmherzig und ein Erbarmer.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Natalie Macfarren) , first published 1879
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , Jacques 5:11, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, 
in Gottes Willen, 
getrost ist mir mein Herz und Sinn, 
sanft und stille.
Wie Gott mir verheißen hat, 
der Tod ist mir Schlaf worden.

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  • ENG English (Kelly Dean Hansen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Natalie Macfarren) , first published 1879
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Author(s): Martin Luther (1483 - 1546), Bible or other Sacred Texts
1.
Pourquoi la lumière est-elle donnée à ceux qui se complaisent dans le malheur,
et la vie à ceux qui ont le cœur attristé ?
Ceux qui attendent la mort qui ne vient pas,
Et qui creusent pour elle plus que pour des trésors cachés,
ceux qui se réjouissent et sont heureux
de trouver la tombe,
Et à l'homme dont le chemin est caché
et que Dieu protège devant lui.

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Élevons notre cœur tous ensemble
vers Dieu dans le ciel.

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Regardez, nous disons bienheureux ceux qui ont souffert
Vous avez entendu parler de la patience de Job,
et vous avez vu la fin que le Seigneur lui a donnée :
car le Seigneur est miséricordieux et plein de pitié.

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Avec la paix et la joie je vais,
dans le dessein de Dieu
pour moi mon cœur et mon esprit sont réconfortés
doux et paisibles.
Comme Dieu me l'a promis :
la mort est devenue pour moi le sommeil.

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2. O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf [sung text checked 1 time]
O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf,
Herab, herab, vom Himmel lauf !
Reiß ab vom Himmel Tor und Tür,
Reiß ab, wo Schloß und Riegel für !

O Gott, ein' Tau vom Himmel gieß;
Im Tau herab, o Heiland, fließ.
Ihr Wolken, brecht und regnet aus
Den König über Jakobs Haus.

O Erd', schlag aus, schlag aus, o Erd',
Daß Berg und Tal grün alles werd'
O Erd', herfür dies Blümlein bring,
O Heiland, aus der Erden spring.

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Hie leiden wir die größte Not, Vor Augen steht der [bittre]1 Tod; Ach komm, führ uns mit starker Hand [Von]2 Elend zu dem Vaterland. Da wollen wir all' danken dir, Unserm Erlöser, für und für. Da wollen wir all' loben dich Je allzeit immer und ewiglich.3

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Oh Salvador, obre la volta celestial", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kelly Dean Hansen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Natalie Macfarren) , first published 1879
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Schmidt: "ewig' " (as in the original)
2 Schmidt: "Vom" (as in the original)
3 Brahms adds "Amen."

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2.
Ô Sauveur, ouvre le ciel,
Vers le bas, vers le bas, descends du ciel !
Ouvre le portail et la porte du ciel pour nous,
Ouvre les serrures et les barres !

Ô Dieu, du ciel verse de la rosée ;
Fais couler, ô Sauveur, de la rosée.
Vous, nuages, brisez-vous et faites pleuvoir
Le roi sur la maison de Jacob.

Ô terre, éclate, éclate, ô terre,
Que les montagnes et les vallées deviennent vertes.
Ô terre, porte ici cette petite fleur,
Ô Sauveur, jaillis de la terre.

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Ici nous souffrons de la plus grande misère, devant nos yeux se tient la mort éternelle ; Ah, viens, mène-nous d'une main ferme De la détresse à la terre du Père. Nous voulons tous te remercier, Notre rédempteur, pour toujours. Nous voulons tous te louer, Pour toujours et pour l'éternité.

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Text added to the website: 2011-03-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:16
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Translation © by Guy Laffaille