A German Requiem

Translations © by Ahmed E. Ismail

Song Cycle by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Word count: 589
Original language: Ein deutsches Requiem
1. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen [sung text checked 1 time]
Selig sind, die da Leid tragen, 
denn sie sollen getröstet werden.

Die mit Tränen säen,
werden mit Freuden ernten. 
Sie gehen hin und weinen
und tragen edlen Samen, 
und kommen mit Freuden 
und bringen ihre Garben.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Benaventurats els afligits", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zalig zijn die nu leed dragen", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ahmed E. Ismail) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Beati quelli che soffrono", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail
1.
Blessed are they that mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

They who sow in tears,
shall reap in joy.
Go forth and cry,
bearing precious seed,
and come with joy
bearing their sheaves.

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2. Denn alles Fleisch ist wie Gras [sung text checked 1 time]
Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras
und alle Herrlichkeit des Menschen
wie des Grases Blumen.
Das Gras ist verdorret
und die Blume abgefallen.
 
So seid nun geduldig, lieben Brüder,
bis auf die Zukunft des Herrn.
Siehe, ein Ackermann wartet
auf die köstliche Frucht der Erde
und ist geduldig darüber, bis er [empfahe]1
den Morgenregen und Abendregen.
So seid geduldig.
 
Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras
und alle Herrlichkeit des Menschen
wie des Grases Blumen.
Das Gras ist verdorret
und die Blume abgefallen.
 
Aber des Herrn Wort bleibet in Ewigkeit.
 
Die Erlöseten des Herrn werden wieder kommen,
und gen Zion kommen mit Jauchzen;
ewige Freude wird über ihrem Haupte sein;
Freude und Wonne werden sie ergreifen
und Schmerz und Seufzen wird weg müssen.
 
Die Erlöseten des Herrn werden wieder kommen,
und gen Zion kommen mit Jauchzen;
ewige Freude wird über ihrem Haupte sein.
Ewige Freude.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Car tota la carn és com l'herba", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Want alle vlees, het is als gras", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ahmed E. Ismail) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • EST Estonian (Eesti keel) (Bible or other Sacred Texts) , "Sest, kõik liha on nagu rohi"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Simile ad erba è l'uomo", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 sometimes "empfange"

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2.
For all flesh is as grass,
and the glory of man
like flowers.
The grass withers
and the flower falls.

Therefore be patient, dear brothers,
for the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the husbandman waits
for the delicious fruits of the earth
and is patient for it, until he receives
the morning rain and evening rain.
Therefore be patient.

For all flesh is as grass,
and the glory of man
like flowers.
The grass withers
and the flower falls.

But the word of the Lord endures for eternity.

The redeemed of the Lord will come again,
and come to Zion with a shout;
eternal joy shall be upon her head;
They shall take joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing must depart.

The redeemed of the Lord will come again,
and come to Zion with a shout;
eternal joy shall be upon her head;
eternal joy.

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3. Herr, lehre doch mich 
Herr, lehre doch mich, 
daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß,
und mein Leben ein Ziel hat,
und ich davon muß. 

Siehe, meine Tage sind 
einer Hand breit vor dir, 
und mein Leben ist wie nichts vor dir. 

Herr, lehre doch mich, 
daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß,
und mein Leben ein Ziel hat,
und ich davon muß. 

Ach wie gar nichts sind alle Menschen, 
die doch so sicher leben. 

Sie gehen daher wie ein Schemen, 
und machen ihnen viel vergebliche Unruhe; 
sie sammeln und wissen nicht wer es kriegen wird. 

Ach wie gar nichts sind alle Menschen, 
die doch so sicher leben. 

Nun Herr, wess soll ich mich trösten? 
Ich hoffe auf dich.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Senyor, fes-me doncs saber", copyright © 2013, (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 (Ahmed E. Ismail) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • EST Estonian (Eesti keel) (Bible or other Sacred Texts)
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail
Der Gerechten Seelen sind in Gottes Hand 
und keine Qual rühret sie an.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2013, (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 (Ahmed E. Ismail) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • 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
3.
Lord, teach me
That I must have an end,
And my life has a purpose,
and I must accept this.

Behold, my days are
as a handbreadth before Thee,
and my life is as nothing before Thee.

Lord, teach me
That I must have an end,
And my life has a purpose,
and I must accept this.

Alas, as nothing are all men,
but so sure the living.

They are therefore like a shadow,
and go about vainly in disquiet;
they collect riches, and do not know who will receive them.

Alas, as nothing are all men,
but so sure the living.

Now, Lord, how can I console myself?
My hope is in Thee.

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The righteous souls are in God's hand
and no torment shall stir them.

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4. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen [sung text checked 1 time]
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, Herr Zebaoth!
Meine Seele verlanget und sehnet sich 
nach den Vorhöfen des Herrn; 
mein Leib und Seele freuen sich 
in dem lebendigen Gott. 

Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, Herr Zebaoth!
Wohl denen, die in deinem Hause wohnen,
die loben dich immerdar.
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen!

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Que agradosos són els teus estatges", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hoe lieflijk zijn, ja, uw woningen", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ahmed E. Ismail) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • EST Estonian (Eesti keel) (Bible or other Sacred Texts) , "Kui armsad on sinu hooned"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Quanto amabili sono le tue dimore", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail
4.
How lovely are thy dwelling places, O Lord of Hosts!
My soul requires and yearns for
the courts of the Lord;
My body and soul rejoice
in the living God.

How lovely are thy dwelling places, O Lord of Hosts!
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house;
they praise you forever.
How lovely are thy dwelling places!

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5. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit [sung text checked 1 time]
Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit; 
aber ich will euch wieder sehen 
und euer Herz soll sich freuen 
und eure Freude soll niemand von euch nehmen.
Ich will euch trösten, 
wie Einen seine Mutter tröstet.

Sehet mich an: 
Ich habe eine kleine Zeit Mühe und Arbeit gehabt 
und habe großen Trost funden.
Ich will euch trösten, 
wie Einen seine Mutter tröstet.

Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit; 
aber ich will euch wieder sehen 
und euer Herz soll sich freuen 
und eure Freude soll niemand von euch nehmen.
Ich will euch trösten, 
wie Einen seine Mutter tröstet.
Ich will euch wiedersehen,
Ich will euch trösten.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Ara esteu afligits", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Gij hebt nu droefenis", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ahmed E. Ismail) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • EST Estonian (Eesti keel) (Bible or other Sacred Texts)
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Oggi la tristezza vi opprime", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail
5.
You now have sorrow;
but I shall see you again
and your heart shall rejoice
and your joy no one shall take from you.
I will console you,
as one is consoled by his mother.

Behold me:
I have had for a little time toil and torment,
and now have found great consolation.
I will console you,
as one is consoled by his mother.

You now have sorrow;
but I shall see you again
and your heart shall rejoice
and your joy no one shall take from you.
I will console you,
as one is consoled by his mother.

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6. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt [sung text checked 1 time]
Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt, 
sondern die zukünftige suchen wir.

Siehe, ich sage euch ein Geheimnis: 
Wir werden nicht alle entschlafen,
wir werden aber alle verwandelt werden; 
und dasselbige plötzlich, in einem Augenblick, 
zu der Zeit der letzten Posaune. 
Denn es wird die Posaune schallen, 
und die Toten werden auferstehen unverweslich, 
und wir werden verwandelt werden. 
Dann wird erfüllet werden 
das Wort, das geschrieben steht: 
Der Tod ist verschlungen in den Sieg. 
Tod, wo ist dein Stachel? 
Hölle, wo ist dein Sieg?

Herr, du bist würdig zu nehmen 
Preis und Ehre und Kraft, 
denn du hast alle Dinge geschaffen, 
und durch deinen Willen haben sie 
das Wesen und sind geschaffen.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Car aquí no tenim cap sojorn permanent", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Want wij hebben hier niet een blijvende stad", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ahmed E. Ismail) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • EST Estonian (Eesti keel) (Bible or other Sacred Texts)
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "In questa terra siamo privi di una stabile dimora", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail
6.
For we have here no continuing city,
but we seek the future.

Behold, I show you a mystery:
We shall not all sleep,
but we all shall be changed
and suddenly, in a moment,
at the sound of the last trombone.
For the trombone shall sound,
and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
Then shall be fulfilled
The word that is written:
Death is swallowed up in victory.
O Death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?

Lord, Thou art worthy to receive all
praise, honor, and glory,
for Thou hast created all things,
and through Thy will
they have been and are created.

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7. Selig sind die Toten [sung text checked 1 time]
Selig sind die Toten, 
die in dem [Herrn]1 sterben, 
von nun an. 

Ja der Geist [spricht,
daß sie]2 ruhen von ihrer Arbeit; 
[denn]3 ihre Werke folgen ihnen nach.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Benaurats siguin els difunts", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zalig zijn de doden", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ahmed E. Ismail) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • EST Estonian (Eesti keel) (Bible or other Sacred Texts)
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Beati coloro che sono morti", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Schütz: "Herren"
2 Schütz: "spricht:/ sie"
3 Schütz: "und"

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail
7.
Blessed are the dead
that die in the Lord
from henceforth.

Yea, saith the spirit,
that they rest from their labors,
and their works shall follow them.

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Word count: 27

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