4. Verzage nicht, o Häuflein klein

From Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42

Johann Sebastian Bach
b minor
70 measures

German text

English translation

Verzage nicht, o Häuflein klein,
Do not despair, o little flock,
Obschon die Feinde willens sein,
although your enemies might plan
Dich gänzlich zu verstören,
to destroy you utterly,
Und suchen deinen Untergang,
and seek your undoing,
Davon dir wird recht angst und bang:
for which you are rightfully anxious and fearful:
Es wird nicht lange währen.
it will not last long.
(“Verzage nicht, o Häuflein klein,” verse 1)

About the text


  • Soprano
  • Tenore
  • Continuo: Bassono
  • Continuo: Violone + Organo


Organo: see Appendix (Neue Bach-Ausgabe I/11.1, p. 109)


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