5. Muß ich den Kelch gleich schmecken

From Es bleibt gerecht sein Wille, BWV 100, Versus 5

Johann Sebastian Bach
e minor
Un poc’ allegro
62 measures

German text

English translation

Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan,
What God does is well done,
Muß ich den Kelch gleich schmecken,
even if I must taste the cup
Der bitter ist nach meinem Wahn,
that is bitter to my perception,
Laß ich mich doch nicht schrecken,
I will not let myself be frightened,
Weil doch zuletzt
since in the end
Ich werd ergötzt
I will be delighted
Mit süßem Trost im Herzen;
with sweet comfort in my heart;
Da weichen alle Schmerzen.
then all pains will cease.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on hymn by Samuel Rodigast (1675)


  • Oboe d’amore solo
  • Alto
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Violone + Organo


Organo: see Appendix (Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/34, p. 344)


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