1. O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad

From O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
G major
Meter
4/4
Structure
none
Length
57 measures

German text

English translation

O heilges Geist—und Wasserbad,
O bath of Holy Spirit and of water,
Das Gottes Reich uns einverleibet
that incorporates us in God’s kingdom
Und uns ins Buch des Lebens schreibet!
and inscribes us in the book of life!
O Flut, die alle Missetat
O stream, which drowns all misdeeds
Durch ihre Wunderkraft ertränket
through its miraculous power
Und uns das neue Leben schenket!
and grants us the new life!
O heilges Geist—und Wasserbad!
O bath of Holy Spirit and of water!

About the text

  • Author: Salomo Franck
  • Based on the text of Salomo Frank’s 1715 cycle Evangelisches Andachts-Opffer
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 11:33–11:36; John 3:1–3:15

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Fagotto
  • Continuo: Violoncello

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