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O Welt, ich muß dich lassen,
Mein Zeit ist nun vollendet,
Ich bin ein unnütz Knechte,
Damit fahr ich von hinnen:
Das schenk ich dir am Ende.
A Christian Farewell to the World
O world, I have to leave you, I am going on my way to the eternal home. I will give up my spirit, and lay my body and my life humbly in the hand of God.
My time is completed, death makes a mock of life, dying is my profit: there is no permanency on earth, I must obtain eternal life; I depart in peace and joy.
I am an unprofitable servant, my deeds are much too lowly for me to earn eternal life from Him with them; He gives it me for nothing and not according to my deserts and choice.
And so I depart from here: O World, consider, for in time you must do so too. Turn to God and ask for grace from Him and do not be weak in faith.
That is my last gift to you. Farewell, I turn towards God, my desire is fixed on Him; protect yourself from pain and sorrow, take my farewell to heart, my habitation is no longer here.
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