One of the most moving pieces in all of opera: the Pilgrim’s Chorus in Richard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser.”
“With joy, my home, I now behold thee,
and gladly greet thy smiling meadows;
now I lay down my pilgrim’s staff,
for, submissive to God, I have made my pilgrimage.
By atonement and repentance I have made my peace
with the Lord, to whom my heart bows down,
who has crowned my remorse with blessing,
the Lord to whom I raise my song.
The grace of salvation is granted to the penitent,
who shall enter into the peace of heaven!
Hell and death cannot affright him,
therefore will I praise God all the days of my life.
Halleluja for evermore!”