1. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele

From Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180

Johann Sebastian Bach
F major
117 measures


  • Flauto dolce I
  • Flauto dolce II
  • Oboe
  • Oboe da caccia
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano chorale
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo

German text

English translation

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele,
Adorn yourself, O dear soul,
Laß die dunkle Sündenhöhle,
leave the dark pit of sin,
Komm ans helle Licht gegangen,
come into the bright light,
Fange herrlich an zu prangen;
begin to shine gloriously;
Denn der Herr voll Heil und Gnaden
for the Lord, full of salvation and grace,
Läßt dich itzt zu Gaste laden.
now has invited you as guest.
Der den Himmel kann verwalten,
He who can rule over heaven
Will selbst Herberg in dir halten.
would find his dwelling within you.
(“Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele,” verse 1)


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