2. Bist du, der mir helfen soll

From Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186a

Johann Sebastian Bach
B flat major

German text

English translation

Bist du, der da kommen soll,
Are You he, that will come,
Seelenfreund im Kirchengarten?
friend of the soul in the church’s garden?
Mein Gemüt ist zweifelsvoll,
My spirit is full of doubt,
Soll ich eines andern warten?
should I await another?
Doch, o Seele, zweifle nicht.
yet, o soul, do not doubt,
Laß Vernunft dich nicht bestricken.
do not let reason beguile you.
Deinen Schilo, Jakobs Licht,
Your Shilo, Jacob’s light,
Kannst du in der Schrift erblicken!
is visible to you in the scripture.

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“ This cantata, composed at Weimar in 1716, survives only in its expanded Leipzig adaptation for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity (for further details, see under Cantata 186).Only a rough reconstruction of the original version is possible3 by taking into account the relevant movements and restoring the following Advent text by Salomo Franck ” (Dürr 2005, 85).
Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/1, Krit. Bericht


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