4. Ist Gott versöhnt und unser Freund

From Das neugeborne Kindelein, BWV 122

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
d minor
Meter
6/8
Length
62 measures

Instrumentation

  • Violino I chorale + Violino II chorale + Viola chorale
  • Soprano
  • Alto chorale
  • Tenore
  • Continuo: Organo

German text

English translation

Ist Gott versöhnt und unser Freund,
If God is appeased and our friend,
O wohl uns, die wir an ihn glauben,
O happy we, who believe in Him,
Was kann uns tun der arge Feind?
what can the wicked enemy do to us?
Sein Grimm kann unsern Trost nicht rauben;
His wrath cannot wrest our comfort from us;
Trotz Teufel und der Höllen Pfort,
Defiance to the devil and the gates of hell,
Ihr Wüten wir sei wenig nützen,
their raging is of small use to us,
Das Jesulein ist unser Hort.
since little Jesus is our treasure.
Gott ist mit uns und will uns schützen.
God is with us and will protect us.
(“Das neugeborne Kindelein,” verse 3)
 

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on the 1597 hymn by Cyriakus Schneegaß (Dürr 2005, 139)
  • Text references: third verse of the 1597 hymn by Cyriakus Schneegaß (adapted)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Galatians 4:1–4:7; Luke 2:33–2:40

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