by Martin Luther (1483 - 1546)
Translation © by Linda Godry

Ein Lied Davids im höhern Chor. Siehe,...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG
1 [Ein Lied Davids im höhern Chor.] Siehe, wie fein und lieblich [ist's]1,
  daß Brüder einträchtig beieinander wohnen!
2 Wie der köstliche Balsam ist, 
  der vom Haupt Aarons herabfleußt in seinen ganzen Bart, 
  der herabfleußt in sein Kleid,
3 wie der [Tau, der von]2 Hermon herabfällt 
  auf die Berge Zion.
  Denn daselbst verheißt der Herr Segen
  und Leben immer und ewiglich.

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Note: pieces quoted in Schütz's Drei schöne Dinge seind.
1 Schütz, Vierdanck: "ist"
2 Schütz: "Tau vom"


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  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "Look, how well and sweet it is", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Look, how well and sweet it is
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Look, how well and sweet it is
when brothers live together in peace.
How delicious is the balm,
that flows from Aaron's head into his beard,
that flows into his robe,
like the dew that runs from the hill Hermon
down to the Hills of Sion,
because there the Lord promises
his blessing and life forever and ever.


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This text was added to the website: 2005-03-22
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Word count: 58