9. So fahr ich hin zu Jesu Christ

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

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

German text

English translation

So fahr ich hin zu Jesu Christ,
Thus I go away to Jesus Christ,
Mein’ Arm tu ich ausstrecken;
stretching out my arm;
So schlaf ich ein und ruhe fein,
thus I fall asleep and rest sweetly,
Kein Mensch kann mich aufwecken,
no one can awaken me,
Denn Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn,
for Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Der wird die Himmelstür auftun,
will open the gate of heaven,
Mich führn zum ewgen Leben.
leading me to eternal life.
(“Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist,”verse 5)
 
 

About the text

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

Instrumentation

  • Tromba I + Violino I
  • Soprano I + Soprano II + Oboe I + Oboe II / Oboe d’amore ad lib. + Violino II
  • Alto + Oboe III ad lib. + Viola I
  • Tenore + Taille ad lib. + Viola II
  • Basso
  • Bassono ad lib.
  • Continuo: Violoncello in ripieno + Violoncello + Violone + Organo

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