2. O unglückselger Stand verkehrter Seelen

From Leichtgesinnte Flattergeister, BWV 181

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
e minor → b minor
Meter
4/4
Length
22 measures

German text

English translation

O unglückselger Stand verkehrter Seelen,
O unfortunate condition of deluded souls,
So gleichsam an dem Wege sind;
who are, just as we, on the way;
Und wer will doch des Satans List erzählen,
and who yet can tell of Satan’s trickery,
Wenn er das Wort dem Herzen raubt,
as he steals the Word out of hearts,
Das, am Verstande blind,
which, blind in understanding,
Den Schaden nicht versteht noch glaubt?
neither perceive nor believe the harm?
Es werden Felsenherzen,
They become hearts of stone,
So boshaft widerstehn,
so wickedly contrary,
Ihr eigen Heil verscherzen
that they scoff at their own salvation
und einst zugrundegehn.
and eventually are brought down.
Es wirkt ja Christi letztes Wort,
Indeed Christ’s last word had such force,
Daß Felsen selbst zerspringen;
that rocks themselves split open;
Des Engels Hand bewegt des Grabes Stein,
the angel’s hand moved the grave stone,
Ja, Mosis Stab kann dort
yes, and Moses’ staff can there
Aus einem Berge Wasser bringen.
bring forth water from a cliff.
Willst du, o Herz, noch härter sein?
Will you, o heart, be yet harder?
 

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Instrumentation

  • Alto
  • Continuo: Organo

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