1. Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen

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

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
D major
Meter
2/4
Structure
none
Length
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

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on Picander’s cycle of 1728 (Durr 2005, 286)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Acts 10:34–10:43; Luke 24:13–24:35

Instrumentation

  • Violino I Solo
  • Soprano
  • Tenore
  • Continuo

Notes

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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