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Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag (1969)

Part of a series or song cycle:

Five Spiritual Songs - Geistliche Lieder

Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag

Kommt, Seelen, dieser Tag
Muß heilig sein besungen,
Sprecht Gottes Taten aus
Mit neuerweckten Zungen!
Heut’ hat der heil’ge Geist
Viel Helden ausgerüst’t;
So betet, daß er auch
Die Herzen hier begrüßt.
Wen Gottes Geist beseelt,
Wen Gottes Worte reget,
Wer Gottes Gnade fromm
In seinem Herzen heget,
Der stimme mit uns ein
Und preise Gottes Treu’,
Sie ist an diesem Fest
Und alle Moregn neu!

Come, O souls, with grace

Come, O souls, with grace
To hymn this day,
Pronounce God’s deeds
With newly-loosed tongues!
The Holy Spirit has this day
Equipped many a hero,
So pray that He too
Will bless these hearts.
He whom God’s spirit inspires,
He whom God’s words move,
He who harbours God’s grace
Devoutly in his heart,
Let him strike up with us
And praise God’s faith,
Which is renewed at each festive day
And every morning!

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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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