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Vom Tode Op. 48 no.4

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Sechs Lieder nach Gedichten von Gellert (Op. 48)

Vom Tode

Meine Lebenszeit verstreicht,
Stündlich eil ich zu dem Grabe,
Und was ist’s, das ich vielleicht,
Das ich noch zu leben habe?
Denk, o Mensch, an deinen Tod!
Säume nicht, denn Eins ist Not!
Überwind ihn durch Vertraun,
Sprich: Ich weiß, an wen ich gläube,
Und ich weiß, ich werd ihn schaun
Einst in diesem meinem Leibe.
Er, der rief: Es ist vollbracht!
Nahm dem Tode seine Macht.

Vom Tode

My life is ending and with each hour
I move more swiftly to the grave.
What is there left
For me to do in life?
Think, my man, on the nature of your death.
Do not delay, there is one more thing to be done.
Overcome Death through your faith.
Say: I know whom I believe in
And I know that I shall see Him
Manifest in this my body.
He who cried: It has been done!
Ensure’s Death’s powers now are none.
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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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