Johannes Brahms: Op. 31-60(Spotify Playlist link).
English text for Op. 45, Ein Deutsches Requiem – A German Requiem:
Blessed are they that mourn:
for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
They that sow in tears
shall reap in joy.
They that go forth and weep,
bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
bringing their sheaves with them. Psalm 126:5-6
For all flesh is as grass,
and all the glory of man
as the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower thereof falleth away. I Peter 1:24
Be patient therefore, brethren,
unto the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the husbandman waiteth
for the precious fruit of the earth,
and has long patience for it,
until he receive the morning and evening rain.
Be patient therefore. James 5:7
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. I Peter 1:25
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with songs
and everlasting joy
upon their heads:
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:10
III. Baritone & Chorus
Lord, make me to know
and the measure of my days, what it is:
that I may know how frail I am.
Behold, thou hast made my days
as an handbreadth;
and mine age is as nothing before thee.
Verily every man at his best state
is altogether vanity.
Surely every man walks in a vain show:
surely they are disquieted in vain:
he heaps up riches, and knows not
who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what wait I for?
My hope is in thee. Psalm 39:5-8
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God
and there shall no torment touch them. Wisdom of Solomon 3:1
How lovely are thy tabernacles,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, even faints
for the courts of the Lord:
my heart and my flesh cries out
for the living God.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house:
they will always be praising thee. Psalm 84:1,2,4
V. Soprano & Chorus
And ye now therefore have sorrow:
but I will see you again,
and your heart shall rejoice,
and your joy no man taketh from you. John 16:22
Behold with your eyes, how that I have
but little labour,
and have gotten unto me much rest. Sirach 51:35
As one whom his mother comforts,
so will I comfort you. Isaiah 66:13
VI. Baritone & Chorus
For here have we no continuing city,
but we seek one to come. Hebrews 13:14
Behold, I show you a mystery:
we shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed, in a moment,
in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last trump:
for the trumpet shall sound,
and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written,
Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory? I Corinthians 15:51-55
Thou art worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things,
and for thy pleasure they are
and were created. Revelation 4:11
Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord, from henceforth.
Yea, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours;
and their works do follow them. Revelation 14:13
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