1. Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe

From Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185, 2nd version

Johann Sebastian Bach
g minor
76 measures

German text

English translation

Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe,
Merciful heart of eternal love,
Errege, bewege mein Herze durch dich;
stir, touch my heart through Your being;
Damit ich Erbarmen und Gütigkeit übe,
so that I may practice compassion and goodness,
O Flamme der Liebe, zerschmelze du mich!
O flame of love, melt me utterly!
(Instrumental Chorale:
(Instrumental Chorale:
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ,
I call to You, Lord Jesus Christ,
Ich bitt, erhör mein Klagen,
I beg You, hear my cries,
Verleih mir Gnad zu dieser Frist,
grant me mercy at this time,
Laß mich doch nicht verzagen;
do not let me despair;
Den rechten Glauben, Herr, ich mein,
the true faith, Lord, I mean
Den wollest du mir geben,
that You would give me,
Dir zu leben,
to live for You,
Meinm Nächsten nütz zu sein,
to be of use to my neighbor,
Dein Wort zu halten eben.)
to keep Your word faithfully.)
(“Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ,” verse 1)

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Text is drawn from Salomo Franck’s 1715 Evangelisches Andachts-Opffer (Dürr 2005, 417)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 8:18–8:23; Luke 6:36–6:42


  • Clarino chorale
  • Soprano
  • Tenore
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Violone + Organo


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