5. Unendlichster, den man doch Vater nennt

From Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut, BWV 173

Johann Sebastian Bach
f sharp minor → b minor
16 measures

German text

English translation

Unendlichster, den man doch Vater nennt,
Eternal, whom yet we call Father,
Wir wollen dann das Herz zum Opfer bringen,
we would bring our hearts as offerings;
Aus unsrer Brust, die ganz vor Andacht brennt,
Out of our breasts, that burn with devotion,
Soll sich der Seufzer Glut zum Himmel schwingen.
The heat of our sighs shall soar to heaven.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • “Based on the Cöthen congratulatory cantata BWV 173a” (Dürr 2005, 358)
  • Text references: fifth movement of the Cöthen congratulatory cantata BWV 173a (paraphrased)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Acts 10:42–10:8; John 3:16–3:21


  • Soprano
  • Tenore
  • Continuo


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