3. Gleichwie die wilden Meereswellen

From Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178

Johann Sebastian Bach
G major
82 measures

German text

English translation

Gleichwie die wilden Meereswellen
Just as the wild sea surf
Mit Ungestüm ein Schiff zerschellen,
crushes a ship with fury,
So raset auch der Feinde Wut
so also the enemy’s anger rages
Und raubt das beste Seelengut.
and steals the best of the soul’s goodness.
Sie wollen Satans Reich erweitern,
They desire that Satan’s kingdom be expanded,
Und Christi Schifflein soll zerscheitern.
and that Christ’s little boat should be wrecked.

About the text


  • Violino I + Violino II
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo


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