Johann Sebastian Bach

3. Wilkommen! will ich sagen

  • Oboe da caccia · F3 – Eb5
  • Alto · Ab3 – Eb5
  • Cembalo obbligato / Organo obbligato
  • Continuo: Violone + Organo

German Text by Anonymous

Willkommen! will ich sagen,
Wenn der Tod ans Bette tritt.

Fröhlich will ich folgen,
wenn er ruft,
In die Gruft,
Alle meine Plagen
Nehm ich mit.

English Translation

Welcome! I will say
when Death steps to my bed.

I will joyfully follow,
when he calls,
into the tomb,
I will take all my troubles
with me.


  • Full score: Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/23, p. 233
  • Background: Alfred Dürr, Cantatas of J. S. Bach (Oxford University Press, 2005), p. 553
  • Scripture readings: Ephesians 3:13–3:21; Luke 7:11–7:17
  • Scripture: Aria, Erdmann Neumeister
  • Scripture adaptation: Adapted
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