Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG
Ach dass ich Wassers gnug hätte in meinem Haupte 
Und meine Augen Tränenquellen wären,
Dass ich Tag und Nacht beweinen könnte meine Sünde!

Meine Sünden gehen über mein Haupt.
Wie eine schwere Last ist sie mir zu schwer worden, 
Darum weine ich so, und meine beiden Augen fliessen mit Wasser. 
Meines Seufzens ist viel, und mein Herz ist betrübet,
Denn der Herr hat mich voll Jammers gemacht 
Am Tage seines grimmigen Zorns.

Based on: Jeremiah 9, Psalm 38, Lamentations of Jeremiah 1.


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , "Klaagzang", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2019

Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-02-03
Line count: 9
Word count: 72

Oh, if only I had water enough in my...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh, if only I had water enough in my head
And my eyes could be springs of tears,
So that I could lament my sin day and night.

My sin overwhelms me.
Like a heavy weight, it has become too heavy for me,
And that is why I weep like this, and both my eyes flow with tears.
My sighs are many, and my heart is troubled,
For the Lord has filled me with misery
On the Day of his Wrath.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-08-28
Line count: 9
Word count: 81