2. Unsre Stärke heißt zu schwach

From Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit, BWV 14

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
B flat major
Meter
3/4
Structure
none
Length
137 measures

German text

English translation

Unsre Stärke heisst zu schwach,
Our [own] strength is too weak
Unserm Feind zu widerstehen.
To withstand our enemy.
Stünd uns nicht der Höchste bei,
If the Most High did not help us through,
Würd uns ihre Tyrannei
Their tyranny would
Bald bis an das Leben gehen.
Soon put our life at stake.
 

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on Martin Luther’s adaptation 1524 of Psalm 124 (Dürr 2005, 218).
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 13:8–13:10; Matthew 8:23–8:27

Instrumentation

  • Corno
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Continuo: Organo

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