4. Fürst des Lebens! starker Streiter

From Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubiliert, BWV 31, Weimar version

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
C major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Molt’ adagio
Structure
none
Length
32 measures

German text

English translation

Fürst des Lebens, starker Streiter,
Prince of life, strong fighter,
Hochgelobter Gottessohn!
highly-praised Son of God!
Hebet dich des Kreuzes Leiter
Does the ladder of the Cross raise You
Auf den höchsten Ehrenthron?
up to the highest throne of honor?
Wird, was dich zuvor gebunden,
Does that which previously bound You
Nun dein Schmuck und Edelstein?
now become Your adornment and jewel?
Müssen deine Purpurwunden
Shall Your purple wounds
Deiner Klarheit Strahlen sein?
be now the rays of Your brilliance?

About the text

  • “Based on a text from the cycle Evangelisches Andachts-Opffer by Salomo Franck” (Dürr 2005, 266)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 5:6–5:8; Mark 16:1–16:8

Instrumentation

  • Basso
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Violone + Organo

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