5. Doch weil der Feind bei Tag und Nacht

From Jesu, nun sei gepreiset, BWV 41

Johann Sebastian Bach
C major
15 measures

German text

English translation

Doch weil der Feind bei Tag und Nacht
Yet since the enemy day and night
Zu unserm Schaden wacht
watches for our harm
Und unsre Ruhe will verstören,
and wishes to disturb our rest,
So wollest du, o Herre Gott, erhören,
so may You, o Lord God, attend,
Wenn wir in heiliger Gemeine beten:
when we pray with devout intention:
**—Den Satan unter unsre Füße treten.**—
**—crush Satan under our feet.**—
So bleiben wir zu deinem Ruhm
Thus we shall remain, to your glory,
Dein auserwähltes Eigentum
Your chosen sanctuary
Und können auch nach Kreuz und Leiden
and can also, after suffering and sorrow
Zur Herrlichkeit von hinnen scheiden.
depart from here to blessedness
(Portion of Litany)

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • “Based on the three-verse New Year hymn by Johannes Herman of 1593” (Dürr 2005, 149)
  • Text references: middle verses of “New Year hymn by Johannes Herman of 1593” (Dürr 2005, 149)” (paraphrased)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Galatians 3:23–3:29; Luke 2.21


  • Soprano chorus
  • Alto chorus
  • Tenore chorus
  • Basso solo
  • Continuo: Organo


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