• Johann Sebastian Bach
1715

4. Fürst des Lebens! starker Streiter

  • Basso · G2 – D4
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Violone + Organo

German Text

Fürst des Lebens, starker Streiter,
Hochgelobter Gottessohn!

Hebet dich des Kreuzes Leiter
Auf den höchsten Ehrenthron?
Wird, was dich zuvor gebunden,
Nun dein Schmuck und Edelstein?
Müssen deine Purpurwunden
Deiner Klarheit Strahlen sein?

English Translation

Prince of life, strong fighter,
highly-praised Son of God!

Does the ladder of the Cross raise You
up to the highest throne of honor?
Does that which previously bound You
now become Your adornment and jewel?
Shall Your purple wounds
be now the rays of Your brilliance?

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