Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter)
performance time approx 2m 30s
Range S: d' – f'' / A: a – a' / T: d – d' / B: F – a
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This piece is the first in the set Seven psalms
The next piece is Psalm 19
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One of a set of seven delightful psalm settings by Heinrich Schütz (from Opus 5, Becker Psalter settings) in fresh English paraphrases. Schütz's psalms are tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.
A guide to the liturgical use of the psalms is included.
How long, O Lord? O Lord, how long?
Will you forget me evermore?
How long until you cease to hide your countenance, and grace restore?
How long shall I your counsel seek,
With only sorrow in my heart?
How long, then, will my enemy mock and oppress me round about?
Look down, O Lord, and answer me.
Kindly enlighten, Lord, my eyes.
Let not my eyelids close in sleep lest then in death I fail to rise.
Let not my enemy declare,
“I am the victor o'er this day!”
Nor let my foes rejoice because I fall and stumble on the way.
My hope is found in you alone.
I dwell in your abundant grace.
My heart exults, for you have giv'n rescue from evil time and place.
So let me sing unto the Lord,
Who has done marvelous things for me.
Let me give glory to His name who was, and is, and is to be.
© Jennifer Loren Bell 2012, used with permission.
Ach Herr, wie lang willt du denn noch so ganz und gar vergessen mein,
Wie lang, warum verbirgst du doch vor mir der Gnaden Antlitz dein?
Wie lang soll mein Seel ängsten sich und mein Herz sorgen immerzu,
Wie lang soll mein Feind trotziglich mir zufügen so viel Unruh?
Schau doch, erhör mich, Herr, mein Gott, erleucht mein Augen gnädiglich,
Auf daß ich nicht entschlaf im Tod und mein Feind darnach rühme sich,
Dass er mein mächtig worden sei, wo du nicht hilfst dem Elend ab,
Wird er drauf jubilieren frei, daß er mich ganz vertilget hab.
Mein Hoffnung steht darauf allein, daß du so reich an Gnaden bist,
Mein Herz darob wird fröhlich sein, weil du mir hilfst zu jeder Frist.
Dafür will ich dich rühmen schon mit Psalmen und mit Lobgesang.
Du, Herr, hast wohl an mir getan, des mußt du haben ewig Dank.
Cornelius Becker (1561 — 1604)
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