2. Handle nicht nach deinen Rechten

From Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott, BWV 101

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
g minor
Meter
3/4
Structure
none
Length
90 measures

German text

English translation

Handle nicht nach deinen Rechten
Do not deal with us wicked servants of sin
Mit uns bösen Sündenknechten,
according to your justice;
Laß das Schwert der Feinde ruhn!
let the sword of the enemy rest!
Höchster, höre unser Flehen,
Highest, hear our pleading,
Daß wir nicht durch sündlich Tun
so that, through sinful acts,
Wie Jerusalem vergehen!
we might not be destroyed like Jerusalem!

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • “Based on the hymn by Martin Moller, which was written…during a plague in 1584” (Dürr 2005, 483)
  • Text references: second verse of the 1584 hymn by Martin Moller (paraphrased); Luke 19:41–19:48
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 12:1–12:11; Luke 19:41–19:48

Instrumentation

  • Violino solo / Flauto traverso
  • Tenore
  • Continuo: Organo

Notes

Flauto traverso: see Appendix (Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/19, p. 228)

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