2. Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet

From Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet, BWV 212

Johann Sebastian Bach
A major
24 measures

German text

English translation

Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet
With our new Overseer
An unsern Kammerherrn.
It’s a whole new routine;
Ha gibt uns Bier, das steigt ins Heet,
He gives us beer that goes to your head,
Das ist der klare Kern.
That’s the kernel and essence of it.
Der Pfarr’ mag immer büse tun;
The priest can frown as much as he likes;
Ihr Speelleut, halt euch flink!
Musicians, be at the ready!
Der Kittel wackelt Mieken schun,
Mieke already swishes her skirt,
Das klene luse Ding.
The lively little thing.

About the text

  • Author: Picander


  • Violino
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Basso
  • Continuo


Last dated cantata (Dürr 2005, 884).


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