5. Erholet euch, betrübte Sinnen

From Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, BWV 103

Johann Sebastian Bach
D major
66 measures

German text

English translation

Erholet euch, betrübte Sinnen,
Take hold of yourselves, troubled minds,
Ihr tut euch selber allzu weh.
you do yourselves too much injury.
Laßt von dem traurigen Beginnen,
Give up the sorrowful course;
Eh ich in Tränen untergeh,
before I collapse in tears,
Mein Jesus läßt sich wieder sehen,
my Jesus will be seen again,
O Freude, der nichts gleichen kann!
O joy unlike any other!
Wie wohl ist mir dadurch geschehen,
What well-being has found me through this;
Nimm, nimm mein Herz zum Opfer an!
take, take my heart as an offering!

About the text


  • Tromba
  • Oboe d’amore I + Oboe d’amore II + Violino / Violino solo / Flauto traverso / Flauto piccolo
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Tenore
  • Continuo


1731: version with Violino (solo) or Flauto traverso (solo), see Appendix (Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/11.2, p. 63)


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