2. Ach, unaussprechlich ist die Not

From Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 116

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
f sharp minor
Meter
3/4
Structure
none
Length
85 measures

German text

English translation

Ach, unaussprechlich ist die Not
Alas, the agony is unspeakable
Und des erzürnten Richters Dräuen!
as is the threat of the enraged Judge!
Kaum, daß wir noch in dieser Angst,
Scarcely, since we still suffer this terror
Wie du, o Jesu, selbst verlangst,
that you, O Jesus, yourself have undergone,
Zu Gott in deinem Namen schreien.
can we cry to God in your name.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on the seven verse 1601 hymn by Jakob Ebert (Dürr 2005, 641)
  • Text references: second verse of the seven verse 1601 hymn by Jakob Ebert (paraphrased)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–4:18; Matthew 24:15–24:28

Instrumentation

  • Oboe d’amore solo
  • Alto
  • Continuo: Organo

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