4. Ach, wir bekennen unsre Schuld

From Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 116

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
E major
Meter
3/4
Structure
none
Length
152 measures

German text

English translation

Ach, wir bekennen unsre Schuld
Ah, we recognize our guilt
Und bitten nichts als um Geduld
and ask for nothing but patience
Und um dein unermeßlich Lieben.
and for your immeasurable love.
Es brach ja dein erbarmend Herz,
Indeed, your merciful heart breaks,
Als der Gefallnen Schmerz
since the anguish of the fallen
Dich zu uns in die Welt getrieben.
drove you to us in the world.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on the seven verse 1601 hymn by Jakob Ebert (Dürr 2005, 641)
  • Text references: fourth 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

  • Soprano
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo

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