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Ach, was ist Leben doch so schwer

Language: German

Ach, was ist Leben doch so schwer, 
wann, was du lieb hast, ist nicht mehr: 
aber sei still; weil Gott es will! 

Ach, was ist Sterben doch so schwer, 
wann, was du lieb hast, weint umher: 
aber sei still; weil Gott es will! 

Ach, Leben, Sterben wär nicht schwer, 
wenn unser Herz nur stille wär.
Darum sie still, weil Gott es will.

Translation(s): ENG

Submitted by Virginia Knight


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Be still", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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