8. Letzte Stunde, brich herein

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

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
C major
Meter
3/4
Length
121 measures

German text

English translation

Letzte Stunde, brich herein,
Last hour, break forth,
Mir die Augen zuzudrücken!
to press closed my eyes!
Laß mich Jesu Freudenschein
Let me gaze upon Jesus’ joyous glow
Und sein helles Licht erblicken,
and His bright light,
Laß mich Engeln ähnlich sein!
let me be like the angels!
Letzte Stunde, brich herein!
Last hour, break forth!
 
 
(Instrumental Chorale:
(Instrumental Chorale:
Weil du vom Tod erstanden bist,
Since you have arisen from death,
Werd ich im Grab nicht bleiben;
I will not stay in the grave;
Dein letztes Wort mein Auffahrt ist,
Your last word is my departure,
Todsfurcht kannst du vertreiben.
You can drive away the fear of death.
Denn wo du bist, da komm ich hin,
For where You are, there will I come,
Daß ich stets bei dir leb und bin;
so that I will always live and be with You;
Drum fahr ich hin mit Freuden.
therefore I depart from here with joy.)
(“Weil du vom Tod erstanden bist,” verse 1)
 
 

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Instrumentation

  • Oboe d’amore I / Oboe
  • Violino I chorale + Violino II chorale + Viola I chorale + Viola II chorale
  • Soprano I
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Violone + Organo

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