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Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurücke (1969)

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Five Spiritual Songs - Geistliche Lieder

Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurücke

Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurücke
Ans Grab und an den Glockenschlag,
Da man mich zur Ruh begleiten,
Auf daß ich klüglich sterben mag.
Schreib dieses Wort in Herz und Brust:
Gedenke, daß du sterben mußt.

Be mindful, O soul

Be mindful, O soul,
Of the grave and the tolling bell
That accompanies you to rest,
So that I might wisely die.
Inscribe these words on heart and breast:
Be mindful that you must die.

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Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

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