3. Herr Gott Vater, mein starker Held!

From Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 37

Johann Sebastian Bach
D major
12/8 → (4/4)
39 measures

German text

English translation

Herr Gott Vater, mein starker Held!
Lord God Father, my mighty champion!
Du hast mich ewig vor der Welt
Before the world began you loved me
In deinem Sohn geliebet.
in your Son.
Dein Sohn hat mich ihm selbst vertraut,
Your Son has betrothed me to himself,
Er ist mein Schatz, ich bin sein Braut,
He is my beloved, I am his bride,
Sehr hoch in ihm erfreuet.
highly delighted in him.
Eia! Eia!
Eia! Eia!
Himmlisch Leben wird er geben mir dort oben;
He will grant me heavenly life there above;
Ewig soll mein Herz ihn loben.
my heart shall praise him forever.
(“Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern,” verse 5)

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Text references: Fifth verse of Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern by Philipp Nicolai (1599) (Dürr 2005, 326). (verbatim); Romans 3:28
  • Scripture readings for the day: Acts 1:1–1:11; Mark 16:14–16:20


  • Soprano chorale
  • Alto chorale
  • Continuo: Organo


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