School of Music Program Book 1949-1950 Page: 73
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Those who sunlight never gladden'd,
By their thorny pathway sadden'd,
Vainly seeking for the light,
Banish'd now their gloom and night.
Verborgenheit Hugo Wolf
Tempt me not, O World, again,
Lure me not with joys that perish,
Let my heart, unspoken, cherish
All its rapture, all its pain.
Unknown grief consumes my days,
'Tis with eyes all veiled by sorrow,
That, when dawns each hopeless morrow,
On the glorious sun I gaze.
Only dreaming brings me rest,
Only then a ray of gladness
Sent from heaven, cheers my sadness,
Lights the gloom within my breast.
Vier ernste Gesaenge (Four Scriptural Songs, Op. 121)
No. I Denn es gehet dem Menschen Johannes Brahms
It befalleth both men and beasts
(Ecclesiastes 3: 19-22)
It befalleth both men and beasts alike: as beasts die, so men
die too; to all one breath of life hath been given, and no more
have men than have the beasts, for all is vain and empty. All must
go unto one abode: all are fashioned of dust and earth, and return
unto dust. Who know'th if the soul of mortals upward fareth,
and the spirit of cattle 'neath the earth journeyeth downward?
So I saw that naught was of greater worth than that a man should
be happy in his labor, for that is his lot. For who yet shall bring
him thither that he seeth what shall be when he is gone?
No. 4 Wenn ich mit Menschen und mit Engelszungen
Though with the tongues of men and holy angels
(I Corinthians 13: 1-3, 12-13)
Though with the tongues of men and holy angels I should
speak, and am without charity, then am I become as mere sounding
brass of shrill tinkling cymbal. Though I should prophesy and should
understand all the mysteries and master all knowledge, and though
I have the faith abiding to remove lofty mountains, and am without
charity, then am I as naught. And though I give all my possessions
to feed the hungry, and let my body be burned, and am without
charity, it profiteth me nothing. Now we behold, as in a mirror,
a word that showeth darkly, but then surely face to face shall we
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