19. Betrachte, meine Seel

From Johannes-Passion, BWV 245, Appendix 3, Part II: Nach der Predigt

Johann Sebastian Bach
E flat major
18 measures

German text

English translation

Betrachte, meine Seel, mit ängstlichem Vergnügen,
Contemplate, my soul, with anxious pleasure,
Mit bittrer Lust und halb beklemmtem Herzen
with bitter joy and half-constricted heart,
Dein höchstes Gut in Jesu Schmerzen,
your highest Good in Jesus’ suffering,
Wie dir auf Dornen, so ihn stechen,
how for you, out of the thorns that pierce Him,
Die Himmelsschlüsselblumen blühn!
the tiny ‘keys of Heaven’ bloom!
Du kannst viel süße Frucht von seiner Wermut brechen
You can pluck much sweet fruit
Drum sieh ohn Unterlass auf ihn!
from his wormwood;
therefore gaze without pause upon Him!

About the text

  • Author: Unknown


  • Viola d’amore I / Violino I solo
  • Viola d’amore II / Violino II solo
  • Basso
  • Liuto obbligato / Organo obbligato / Cembalo obbligato
  • Continuo: Bassono


Alternate text “…Schmerzen. Sieh hier auf Ruten…”
Continuo col bassono grosso (NBA)


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