Der Herr schauet vom Himmel auf der Menschen Kinder, SWV 292 (Heinrich Schütz)

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General Information

Title: Der Herr schauet vom Himmel auf der Menschen Kinder
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Lyricist: Psalm 14 :2-3

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: Soprano-Bass duo
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1636 in Kleine geistliche Konzerte I, Op. 8, no. 11
  2nd published: 1887 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 6, no. 11
  3rd published: 1963 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 11, no. 3
Description: Concerto XI from Kleine geistliche Concerte I (1636)

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Der Herr schauet vom Himmel auf der Menschen Kinder
daß er sehe, ob jemand klug sei und nach Gott frage,
aber sie sind alle abgewichen und allesamt untüchtig,
da ist keiner, der Gutes tu, auch nicht einer.

English.png English translation

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men
to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy
there is none that doeth good, not one.

Italian.png Italian translation

Il Signore dal cielo si china sugli uomini
per vedere se esista un saggio, se c’è uno che cerchi Dio.
Tutti hanno traviato, sono tutti corrotti;
più nessuno fa il bene, neppure uno.