6. Ach, Herr Schösser, geht nicht gar zu schlimm

From Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet, BWV 212

Johann Sebastian Bach
D major
35 measures

German text

English translation

Ach, Herr Schösser, geht nicht gar zu schlimm
Ah, Mister Tax-man, don’t be all so mean
Mit uns armen Bauersleuten üm!
With us poor country-folk!
Schont nur unsrer Haut;
Spare us our hides;
Fresst ihr gleich das Kraut
If you’ve got to gnaw our cabbage
Wie die Raupen bis zum kahlen Strunk,
Down to the bare stem like a weevil,
Habt nur genung!
Let that be enough!

About the text

  • Author: Picander


  • Violino
  • Viola
  • Basso
  • Continuo


Last dated cantata (Dürr 2005, 884).


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