Ich aber bin elend, Op. 110, No. 1 (Johannes Brahms)

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  • (Posted 2009-08-27)  CPDL #20063:     
Editor: Robert Urmann (submitted 2009-08-27).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 203 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2000-10-11)  CPDL #01469:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 2000-10-11).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ich aber bin elend, Op. 110, No. 1 [But I am poor]
Work: Drei Motetten, Op. 110 [Three Motets]
Composer: Johannes Brahms

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1890 February in Berlin: N. Simrock
    2nd published:

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Text and translations

German.png German text

Ich aber bin elend, und mir ist wehe;
Herr, Herr Gott,
barmherzig und gnädig und geduldig,
und von großer Gnade und Treue,
der Du beweisest Gnade in tausend Glied,
und vergibst Missetat, Übertretung und Sünde,
und vor welchem niemand unschuldig ist.
Gott, Deine Hülfe schütze mich.

Psalm 69:29; 2. Mose 34:6b, 7a

  English.png English translation

But I am poor and sorrowful;
Lord, Lord God,
all merciful and gracious and longsuff’ring,
of abundant goodness and truth,
Thou who art keeping mercy for thousands,
and transgression and sin, and iniquity forgiving,
and that will by no means the guilty clear:
God, o defend and guard Thou me.