2. So du willst, Herr, Sünde zurechnen

From Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
a minor
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Andante
Length
65 measures

German text

English translation

So du willt, Herr, Sünde zurechnen, Herr, wer wird bestehen?
If thus You choose, Lord, to account for sins, Lord, who could remain?
**Erbarm dich mein in solcher Last,**
**Have mercy on me burdened so,**
**Nimm sie aus meinem Herzen,**
**take them out of my heart,**
**Die weil du sie gebüßet hast**
**since you have atoned for them**
**Am Holz mit Todesschmerzen,**
**on the wood with deathly agonies,**
Denn bei dir ist die Vergebung, daß man dich fürchte.
For forgiveness is with You, so that You might be held in awe.
**Auf daß ich nicht mit großem Weh**
**so that, for great woe**
**In meinen Sünden untergeh,**
**I might not perish in my sins,**
**Noch ewiglich verzage.**
**nor eternally despair.**
(Psalm 130: 3–4)
 
(“Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut,” verse 2)
 
 

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • “Complete text of Psalm 130, within which the second and fifth verses of the hymn Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut…are inserted” (Dürr 2005, 777)

Instrumentation

  • Oboe
  • Soprano chorale
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo

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