5. Mir ekelt mehr zu leben

From Vergnügte Ruh, BWV 170

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
D major
Meter
4/4
Structure
Da capo
Length
60 measures

German text

English translation

Mir ekelt mehr zu leben,
It sickens me to live longer,
Drum nimm mich, Jesu, hin!
therefore take me away, Jesus!
Mir graut vor allen Sünden,
I shudder before all sins,
Laß mich dies Wohnhaus finden,
let me find this dwelling-place
Woselbst ich ruhig bin.
where I myself shall be at peace.

About the text

  • Author: Georg Christian Lehms
  • Based on the 1711 cycle by Georg Christian Lehms
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 6:3–6:11; Matthew 5:20–5:26

Instrumentation

  • Oboe d’amore + Violino
  • Violino I
  • Viola II
  • Alto
  • Organo obbligato
  • Continuo: Organo

Notes

Organ part was played by flute in a later performance, c. 1746 (Dürr 2005, 433). See Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/17.2 Appendix, p. 89

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