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Herr, lehre doch mich, daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß Op. 45 no.3

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Ein deutsches Requiem (Op. 45)

Herr, lehre doch mich, daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß

Herr, lehre doch mich,
daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß,
und mein Leben ein Ziel hat,
und ich davon muß.
Siehe, meine Tage sind
einer Hand breit vor dir,
und mein Leben ist wie nichts vor dir.
Ach, wie gar nichts sind alle Menschen,
die doch so sicher leben.
Sie gehen daher wie ein Schemen,
und machen ihnen viel vergebliche Unruhe;
sie sammeln und wissen nicht
wer es kriegen vird.
Nun Herr, wess soll ich mich trösten?
Ich hoffe auf dich.
Der Gerechten Seelen
sind in Gottes Hand
und keine Qual rühret sie an.

Herr, lehre doch mich, daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß

Lord, make me to know mine end,
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 walketh in a vain shew:
surely they are disquieted in vain:
he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not
who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what wait I for?
my hope is in thee.
But the souls of the righteous
are in the hand of God,
and there shall no torment touch them.

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Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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Martin Luther, (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

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