by Moses Mendelssohn (1729 - 1786)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Ach, Herr! wie lange willst du mein so...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Hebrew (עברית) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG
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)


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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

Research team for this text: Ted Perry , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 103

Oh, Lord! For how long are you going to...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
1. For the master singer, a Psalm by David.
2. Oh, Lord! For how long are you going to forget me so totally?
    For how long are you going to hide your face from me?
3. For how long will I have to torment my spirit with worries,
    For how long will my heart be disturbed every day with cares?
    For how long is my enemy going to remain victorious?

4. Look down! Listen to me! Oh, eternal one, my God!
    Put light in my eyes again
    So that I do not fall asleep in death.
5. Otherwise my enemy will say: "I defeated him!"
    And adversaries will rejoice in my downfall.

6. Yet I trust in your goodness,
    My heart rejoices over your support,
    I shall sing to the eternal one, for he has been good to me.

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Translations of title(s):
"Psalm XIII" = "Psalm XIII"
"Der 13. Psalm" = "The 13th Psalm"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-02-12
Line count: 14
Word count: 139