10. O Menschenkind

From O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20, Part II

Johann Sebastian Bach
a minor
95 measures

German text

English translation

O Menschenkind,
O humanity,
Hör auf geschwind,
stop immediately
Die Sünd und Welt zu lieben,
loving sin and the world,
Daß nicht die Pein,
so that this torment,
Wo Heulen und Zähnklappen sein,
where howling and teeth-gnashing are,
Dich ewig mag betrüben!
might not eternally plague you!
Ach spiegle dich am reichen Mann,
Ah, mirror yourself in that rich man,
Der in der Qual
who in his suffering
Auch nicht einmal
not even once
Ein Tröpflein Wasser haben kann!
could have a drop of water!

About the text


  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Continuo: Organo


Similar instrumentation

Do you have $10 to keep our servers running?

In the last month, 15,000 people used VMII to discover early vocal music. But we only need two $10 donors to cover our server costs. If you find VMII useful, please give what you can!

Send feedback on this page