Psalm 43, Op. 78, No. 2 (Felix Mendelssohn)

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General Information

Title: Der 43. Psalm: Richte mich, Gott, MWV B46 (Op. 78, No. 2)
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Lyricist: Psalm 43

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874-1877 in Mendelssohn’s Werke
    2nd published: 1933 in The Church Anthem Book, no. 47

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 43.

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Richte mich, Gott, und führe meine Sache
wider das unheilige Volk
und errette mich von den falschen und bösen Leuten.
Denn du bist der Gott meiner Stärke;
Warum verstößest du mich?
Warum lässest du mich so traurig geh’n,
wenn mein Feind mich drängt?
Sende dein Licht und deine Wahrheit,
daß sie mich leiten
zu deinem heiligen Berge,
und zu deiner Wohnung.
Daß ich hineingehe zum Altar Gottes,
zu dem Gott, der meine Freude und Wonne ist,
und dir, Gott, auf der Harfe danke, mein Gott.
Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele,
und bist so unruhig in mir?
Harre auf Gott! Denn ich werde ihm noch danken,
daß er meines Angesichts Hülfe,
und mein Gott ist.

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Do me justice, o God, and fight my fight
against a faithless people;
from the deceitful and impious man rescue me.
For you, o God, are my strength.
Why do you keep me so far away?
Why must I go about in mourning,
With the enemy oppressing me?
Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling place.
Then will I go in to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp, my God
Why are you so downcast, o my soul?
And why do you sigh within me?
Hope in God! Then I will again give him thanks,
In the presence of my savior
and my God.