4. Ach Herr! was ist ein Menschenkind

From Unser Mund sei voll Lachens, BWV 110

Johann Sebastian Bach
f sharp minor
88 measures

German text

English translation

Ach Herr, was ist ein Menschenkind,
Ah, Lord, what is a human being,
Daß du sein Heil so schmerzlich suchest?
that you so sorely seek his salvation?
Ein Wurm, den du verfluchest,
A worm that you curse
Wenn Höll und Satan um ihn sind;
when hell and Satan surround him;
Doch auch dein Sohn, den Seel und Geist
yet also Your son, who calls soul and spirit
Aus Liebe seinen Erben heißt.
his inheritance out of love.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • “Drawn from the church-year cycle Gottgefälliges Kirchen-Opffer of 1711 by Georg Christian Lehms” (Dürr 2005, 98)
  • Text references: Psalm 8:4 (paraphrased)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Titus 2:11–2:14; Luke 2:1–2:14


  • Oboe d’amore Solo
  • Alto
  • Continuo: Fagotto + Organo


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