5. Herz, zerreiß des Mammons Kette

From Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort, BWV 168

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
e minor
Meter
6/8
Structure
none
Length
52 measures

German text

English translation

Herz, zerreiß des Mammons Kette,
Heart, rend the chains of Mammon,
Hände, streuet Gutes aus!
hands, sow goodness!
Machet sanft mein Sterbebette,
Make my deathbed soft,
Bauet mir ein festes Haus,
build me a solid house
Das im Himmel ewig bleibet,
which will last forever in heaven
Wenn der Erde Gut zerstäubet.
when the goods of earth turn to dust.

About the text

  • Author: Salomo Franck
  • Based on the text of Salomo Frank’s 1715 cycle Evangelisches Andachts-Opffer
  • Text references: Luke 16:8–16:9
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 10:6–10:13; Luke 16:1–16:9

Instrumentation

  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Continuo: Organo

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