Ich bin jung gewesen (Johann Hermann Schein)

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  • (Posted 2018-04-15)  CPDL #49341:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-04-15).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 144 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Edition notes: Transcribed from original print. Mensural notation, original key and note values, original text spelling, musica ficta clearly marked, clefs modernized, basso continuo part included.
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Edition notes: In original key. Altus part written in tenor clef.
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Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third, with Altus part cleffed for treble voice.

General Information

Title: Ich bin jung gewesen
Composer: Johann Hermann Schein
Lyricist: Psalm 37 vv. 25,37
Larger work: Israelsbrünnlein (Fontana d'Israel)

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSTTB or SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1623 in Fontana d'Israel, no. 8
    2nd published: 1931 in Das Chorwerk, no. 12.4

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Ich bin jung gewesen, und alt worden;
und habe noch nie gesehen, den Gerechten verlassen;
oder seinen Samen nach Brot gehen.

Bleibe fromm und halt dich recht.
Denn solchem wirds zuletzt wohl gehen.

English.png English translation

I have been young, and now am old;
Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his seed begging bread.

Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell for evermore.