6. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ

From Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185, 1st version

Johann Sebastian Bach
f sharp minor
17 measures

German text

English translation

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)
  • Text references: first verse of Johann Agricola’s 1530 Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 8:18–8:23; Luke 6:36–6:42


  • Violino I
  • Soprano + Oboe
  • Alto + Violino II
  • Tenore + Viola
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Fagotto + Violoncello + Violone


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