Ach, arme Welt, Op. 110, No. 2 (Johannes Brahms)

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General Information

Title: Ach, arme Welt, Op. 110, No. 2 [Thou, poor vain world]
Work: Drei Motetten, Op. 110 [Three Motets]
Composer: Johannes Brahms

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: February 1890 Berlin: N. Simrock

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

1. Ach, arme Welt, du trügest mich,
ja, das bekenn’ ich eigentlich,
und kann dich doch nicht meiden.

2. Du falsche Welt, du bist nicht wahr,
dein Schein vergeht, das weiß ich zwar,
mit Weh’ und großem Leiden.

3. Dein’ Ehr’, dein Gut, du arme Welt,
im Tod, in rechten Nöten fehlt,
dein Schatz ist eitel falsches Geld,
dess hilf mir, Herr, zum Frieden.

unknown author

English.png English translation

1. Thou, poor vain world, deludest me,
yes, that I grant thee verily,
and can not still deny thee.

2. Ah, thou false world, thou art not true,
thy glories fade, I know and rue,
with grief and sorrow try me.

3. The honours, riches, thou hast brought,
in death, in dire distress are naught;
Thy treasure vain and falsely wraught.
Lord, give me peace eternal.