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Maria ging aus wandern WoO 33 no.14


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49 Deutsche Volkslieder (WoO 33)


Maria ging aus wandern

Maria ging aus wandern,
So fern ins fremde Land,
Bis sie Gott den Herren fand.
Sie hat ihn schon gefunden
Wohl vor des Herodes Haus,
Er sah so betrüblich aus.
Das Kreuz, das musst’ er tragen
Nach Jerusalem vor die Stadt,
Wo er gemartet ward.
Was trug er auf seinem Haupte?
Ein’ scharfe Dornenkron’;
Das Kreuz, das trägt er schon.
Daran soll man bedenken,
Win jeder jung or alt,
Dass das Himmelreich leidet Gewalt!

Maria journeyed abroad

Maria journeyed abroad,
Far into a distant land,
Until she found God the Lord.
She soon found Him
In front of Herod’s house,
He looked so sad.
He had to carry the Cross
To Jerusalem outside the town,
Where He was martyred.
What did He bear upon His head?
A sharp crown of thorns,
He already bore the Cross.
We must think of this,
Each of us, young or old,
That Heaven suffers violence.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

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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