1. Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen

From Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen, BWV 145

Johann Sebastian Bach
D major
119 measures

German text

English translation

Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzten,
I live, my heart, for your pleasure,
—Du lebest, mein Jesu, zu meinem Ergötzen,—
—You live, my Jesus, for my pleasure,—
Mein Leben erhebet dein Leben empor.
My life uplifts your life on high.
—Dein Leben erhebet mein Leben empor.—
—your life uplifts my life on high.—
Die klagende Handschrift ist völlig zerrissen,
The accusing signature is completely torn up,
Der Friede verschaffen ein ruhig Gewissen
peace engenders a quiet conscience
Und öffnet den Sündern das himmlische Tor.
and opens the heavenly gate to sinners.

About the text


  • Violino I Solo
  • Soprano
  • Tenore
  • Continuo


There is a chorale and chorus before the duet that Alfred Dürr (2005) called a. and b. (285), but no Neue Bach-Ausgabe score.


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