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Die Liebe des Nächsten Op. 48

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Sechs Lieder nach Gedichten von Gellert (Op. 48)

Die Liebe des Nächsten

So jemand spricht: Ich liebe Gott!
Und hasst doch seine Brüder,
Der treibt mit Gottes Wahrheit Spott
Und reisst sie ganz darnieder.
Gott ist die Lieb’, und will, dass ich
Den Nächsten liebe, gleich als mich.

Love of one's neighbour

If a man say: I love God!
And yet hates his brother,
He mocks God's truth
And utterly abases it.
God is love, and wishes me
To love my neighbour as myself.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Ludwig van Beethoven (baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the classical and romantic eras in classical music, he remains one of the most recognized and influential musicians of this period, and is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time.

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