O Tod, wie bitter bist du (Johannes Brahms)

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  • (Posted 2009-06-07)  CPDL #19607:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John K. Patterson (submitted 2009-06-07).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O Tod, wie bitter bist du, Op. 121, No. 3
Composer: Johannes Brahms

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Baritone solo
Genre: SacredLied

Language: German
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1896
Description: #3 of Vier ernste Gesänge (Johannes Brahms)

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

O Tod, wie bitter bist du,
wenn an dich gedenket ein Mensch der gute Tage und genug hat und ohne Sorge lebet,
und dem es wohl geht in allen Dingen und noch wohl essen mag!

O Tod, wie wohl tust du dem Dürftigen, der da swach und alt ist,
der in allen Sorge steckt, und nichts Bessers zu hoffen noch zu erwarten hat!

English.png English translation

O death, how bitter is the remembrance of you to a person at peace with his possessions,
to a man undistracted and prospering in everything and still having strength to welcome a luxury.

O death, your judgement is good to a person who is needy and lacking strength, who is in extreme old age
and is anxious about everything and who is disobedient and has lost hope.