Symphony No. 3 (Mahler)

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The Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler was written between 1893 and 1896.


Text from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

  • Three angels sang a sweet song,
    with blessed joy it rang in heaven.
    They shouted too for joy
    that Peter was free from sin!

    And as Lord Jesus sat at the table
    with his twelve disciples and ate the evening meal,
    Lord Jesus said "Why do you stand here?
    When I look at you, you are weeping!"

    "And should I not weep, kind God?
    I have violated the ten commandments!
    I wander and weep bitterly!
    O come and take pity on me!"

    "If you have violated the ten commandments,
    then fall on your knees and pray to God!
    Love only God for all time!
    So will you gain heavenly joy."

    The heavenly joy is a blessed city,
    the heavenly joy that has no end!
    The heavenly joy was granted to Peter
    through Jesus, and to all mankind for eternal bliss.

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