8. Wir essen und leben wohl

From Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4, Versus 7

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
e minor
Meter
4/4
Structure
none
Length
16 measures

German text

English translation

Wir essen und leben wohl
We eat and live well
In rechten Osterfladen,
In [Christ, the] proper paschal/Easter flatbread;
Der alte Sauerteig nicht soll
The old sourdough shall not
Sein bei dem Wort der Gnaden,
Be with the word of grace.
Christus will die Koste sein
Christ will be the nourishment
Und speisen die Seel allein,
And alone feed the soul;
Der Glaub will keins andern leben.
Faith will live by none other [than Christ].
Alleluja!
Hallelujah.
 

About the text

  • Author: Martin Luther
  • From Martin Luther’s Easter hymn of 1524, adapted from the Latin sequence Victimae paschali laudes, and modelled on the hymn Christ ist erstanden (Dürr 2005, 263–264)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 5:6–5:8; Mark 16:1–16:8

Instrumentation

  • Soprano + Violino I + Violino II + Cornetto ad lib.
  • Alto + Viola + Trombone I ad lib.
  • Tenore + Viola + Trombone II ad lib.
  • Basso + Trombone III] [ad lib.
  • Continuo: Organo

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