3. Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen

From Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott, BWV 127

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
c minor
Meter
4/4
Structure
Da capo
Length
38 measures

German text

English translation

Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen,
The soul rests in Jesus’ hands,
Wenn Erde diesen Leib bedeckt.
when earth covers this body.
Ach ruft mich bald, ihr Sterbeglocken,
Ah, call me soon, you death-knell,
Ich bin zum Sterben unerschrocken,
I am unafraid of death,
Weil mich mein Jesus wieder weckt.
because my Jesus will awaken me again.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on Paul Eber’s 1562 eight-verse hymn (Dürr 2005, 249)
  • Text references: fourth verse of Paul Eber’s 1562 eight-verse hymn (adapted)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 13:1–13:13; Luke 18:31–18:43

Instrumentation

  • Flauto dolce I
  • Flauto dolce II
  • Oboe
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Continuo: Organo

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