Translation Singable translation by John Bernhoff (flourished 1890-1912)

Gebet
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Gott, inbrünstig möcht' ich beten,
Doch der Erde Bilder treten
Immer zwischen Dich und mich,
Und die Seele muss mit Grauen
Wie in einen Abgrund schauen,
Strenger Gott, ich fürchte Dich!
 
Ach so brich auch meine Ketten!
Alle Menschen zu erretten,
Giengst Du ja in bittern Tod.
Irrend an der Hölle Thoren,
Ach, wie bald bin ich verloren,
Hilfst Du nicht in meiner Noth.

Modernized spelling would change "Giengst" to "gingst", "Thoren" to "Toren", "Noth" to "Not"

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  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , title 1: "Prayer"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Prière", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Prayer
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Lord, oft as I kneel before Thee,
thoughts of earthly joys come o'er me,
joys, alas, still dearer to me;
fond desires, my heart o'erthrowing,
stay the spirit heavenward longing
Lord! I live in fear of thee!

Come, o rend my chains asunder,
Thou, who once on earth didst wander,
nailed upon the Cross didst die.
Earth's temptations still deceive me.
Hell's Gates open to receive me.
Help me Father, hear me cry!

From the Wolff score.

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Text added to the website: 2009-07-16 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:18
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Word count: 73