6. Erhalt mein Herz im Glauben rein

From Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
A major
Meter
4/4
Structure
none
Length
8 measures

German text

English translation

Erhalt mein Herz im Glauben rein,
If my heart remains pure in faith,
So leb und sterb ich dir allein.
so will I live and die in you alone.
Jesu, mein Trost, hör mein Begier,
Jesus, my consolation, hear my desire,
O mein Heiland, wär ich bei dir.
O my Savior, if I were only with you!
(“Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid,” verse 18)
 

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on Martin Moller’s 1587 Latin Jesu dulcis memoria (Dürr 2005, 195–196)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 12:6–12:16; John 2:1–2:11

Instrumentation

  • Soprano + Corno + Oboe d’amore I + Oboe d’amore II + Violino I
  • Alto + Violino II
  • Tenore + Viola
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo

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