4. Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid

From Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
E flat major
Meter
4/4
Structure
none
Length
19 measures

German text

English translation

Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid
Ah, God, how much heartache
Begegnet mir zu dieser Zeit.
do I encounter at this time!
Der schmale Weg ist trübsalvoll,
The narrow path is full of trouble
Den ich zum Himmel wandern soll.
that I shall follow to heaven.
(“Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid,” verse 1)
 

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Text references: John 16:2 (adapted); first verse of hymn by Martin Moller (1587) (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Peter 4:8–4:11; John 15:26–16:4

Instrumentation

  • Tenore chorale
  • Continuo: Fagotto + Organo

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