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Johannes Brahms, A German Requiem, Opus 45 (1868)

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For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
(Hebrews 13:14)

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the
dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
...then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is they sting? O grave, where is they victory?
(1 Corinthians 15:51,52,54,55)

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things,
and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11)


...Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
(Revelation 14:13)

Source: Brahms selected the German text from the Lutheran bible. The English text reproduced here is the King James version of the same verses. Both the original German text and the English version can be found, together with a brief commentary by Stephen M. Sano, at:, accessed February 19, 2006.

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