3. Ach, wo hol ich Armer Rat?

From Es ist nichts Gesundes an meinem Leibe, BWV 25

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
d minor
Meter
4/4
Structure
none
Length
48 measures

Instrumentation

  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo

German text

English translation

Ach, wo hol ich Armer Rat?
Ah, where may I, wretch, get advice?
Meinen Aussatz, meine Beulen
My leprosy, my boils—
Kann kein Kraut noch Pflaster heilen
No herb or poultice can heal them
Als die Salb aus Gilead.
Other than the balm of Gilead.
Du, mein Arzt, Herr Jesu, nur
Only you, my physician, Lord Jesus,
Weisst die beste Seelenkur.
Know the best cure for the soul.
 

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Text references: Psalm 38:3 (verbatim); Jeremiah 8:22, 46:11
  • Scripture readings for the day: Galatians 3:15–3:22; Luke 10:23–10:37

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