Night song (Josef Rheinberger)

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General Information

Title: Night Song
Composer: Josef Rheinberger

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1883 in Laus Deo: A Collection of Quartettes and Choruses for Church Service; 1881 Boston: J. M. Russell

Description: This is a sacred version of Rheinberger's 'Nachtgesang' (Liebesgarten, Op.80. No. 5). The Arranger is Irving Emerson (born 1842).

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Original text and translations

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1  The way is long and dreary,
The path is bleak and bare;
Our feet are worn and weary,
But we will not despair;
More heavy was Thy burden,
More desolate Thy way,
O Lamb of God, who takest the sins of the world away,
Have mercy upon us, and give us Thy peace.

2  The snows lie thick around us,
In the dark and gloomy night;
And the tempest wails above us,
And the stars have hid their light;
But blacker was the darkness
Round Calvary's Cross that day,
O Lamb of God, who takest the sins of the world away,
Have mercy upon us, and give us Thy peace.

3  Our hearts are faint with sorrow,
Heavy and sad to bear;
For we dread the bitter morrow,
But we will not despair;
Thou knowest all our anguish,
And Thou wilt bid it cease;
O Lamb of God, who takest the sins of the world away,
Have mercy upon us, and give us Thy peace.