Ich bin jung gewesen (Johann Hermann Schein)

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  • (Posted 2018-04-15)   CPDL #49341:       
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-04-15).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #26913, with note values halved, and minor adjustments to the underlay.
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Edition notes: Transcribed from original print. Mensural notation, original key and note values, original text spelling, musica ficta clearly marked, clefs modernized, basso continuo part included. MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.
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Edition notes: In original key. Altus part written in tenor clef.
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Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third, with Altus part cleffed for treble voice.

General Information

Title: Ich bin jung gewesen
Composer: Johann Hermann Schein
Lyricist: Psalm 37 vv. 25,37
Larger work: Israelsbrünnlein (Fontana d'Israel)

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSTTB or SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1623 in Fontana d'Israel, no. 8


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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Ich bin jung gewesen, und alt worden;
und habe noch nie gesehen, den Gerechten verlassen;
oder seinen Samen nach Brot gehen.

Bleibe fromm und halt dich recht.
Denn solchem wirds zuletzt wohl gehen.

English.png English translation

I have been young, and now am old;
Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his seed begging bread.

Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell for evermore.