Translation © by Emily Ezust

Es sungen drei Engel
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Es sungen drei Engel einen süßen Gesang,
Mit Freuden es selig in den Himmel klang.
Sie jauchzten fröhlich auch dabei:
Daß Petrus sei von Sünden frei!

Und als der Herr Jesus zu Tische saß,
Mit seinen zwölf Jüngern das Abendmahl aß,
Da sprach der Herr Jesus: Was stehst du denn hier?
Wenn ich dich anseh', so weinest du mir.

Und sollt' ich nicht weinen, du gütiger Gott,
Ich hab' übertreten die zehn Gebot!
Ich gehe und weine ja bitterlich!
Ach komm' und erbarme dich! 
Ach komm' und erbarme dich über mich!

Hast du denn übertreten die zehen Gebot,
So fall' auf die Knie und bete zu Gott!
Bete zu Gott nur alle Zeit,
So wirst du erlangen die himmlische Freud'!

Die himmlische Freud' ist eine selige Stadt,
Die himmlische Freud', die kein End' mehr hat,
Die himmlische Freude war Petro bereit't
Durch Jesum und Allen zur Seligkeit.

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation ; composed by Gustav Mahler.

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Three angels were singing", copyright ©

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Three angels were singing
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Three angels were singing a sweet song,
With joy it resounded blissfully up to heaven.
They were rejoicing happily as well:
That St. Peter was free of sin!

And when the Lord Jesus sat down at the table
To sup with his twelve apostles,
The Lord Jesus said: Why are you standing here?
When I look at you, you weep.

And why should I not weep, gracious God?
I have violated the Ten Commandments!
I go and weep bitterly,
Oh, come and have mercy,
Have mercy on me!

If you have violated the Ten Commandments,
Fall on your knees and pray to God!
Pray only to God at all times
So you will attain heavenly joy!

Heavenly joy is a blessed city;
Heavenly joy, which no longer has an end!
Heavenly joy was granted to St. Peter
Through Jesus, and for the salvation of all!


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This text was added to the website: 2019-09-16
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Word count: 145