4. Ein unbegreiflich Licht

From Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 125

Johann Sebastian Bach
G major
Da capo
63 measures

German text

English translation

Ein unbegreiflich Licht erfüllt den ganzen Kreis der Erden.
An unfathomable light fills the entire orb of the earth.
Es schallet kräftig fort und fort
Ringing powerfully through and through
Ein höchst erwünscht Verheißungswort:
is the most highly desired assurance:
Wer glaubt, soll selig werden.
whoever believes shall be blessed.

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on Martin Luther’s 1524 German translation of the Nunc dimittis (Dürr 2005, 659)
  • Text references: third verse of Martin Luther’s 1524 German translation of the Nunc dimittis (adapted)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Malachi 3:1–3:4; Luke 2:22–2:32


  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo


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