5. Drum wir auch billig fröhlich sein

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

Johann Sebastian Bach
f sharp minor
18 measures

German text

English translation

Drum wir auch billig fröhlich sein,
Therefore we shall indeed be joyful,
Singen das Halleluja fein
singing a lovely Hallelujah
Und loben dich, Herr Jesu Christ;
and praising You, Lord Jesus Christ;
Zu Trost du uns erstanden bist.
you have arisen as our solace.
(“Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag,” verse 14)

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on Picander’s cycle of 1728 (Durr 2005, 286)
  • Text references: fourteenth verse of Nikolaus Herman’s 1560 Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Acts 10:34–10:43; Luke 24:13–24:35


  • Soprano + Flauto traverso + Oboe d’amore I + Violino I
  • Alto + Oboe d’amore II + Violino II
  • Tenore + Viola
  • Basso
  • Continuo


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