1. Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid

From Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 58

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
C major
Meter
3/4
Tempo
Adagio
Structure
Da capo Dal segno
Length
87 measures

German text

English translation

Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid
Ah, God, how much heartache
Nur Geduld, Geduld, mein Herze,
Patience, only patience, my heart,
**Begegnet mir zu dieser Zeit!** Es ist eine böse Zeit!
do I encounter at this time!
**Der schmale Weg ist Trübsals voll,** Doch der Gang zur Seligkeit
it is an evil time!
**Den ich zum Himmel wandern soll.** Führt zur Freude nach dem Schmerze.
The narrow path is full of trouble
Nur Geduld, Geduld, mein Herze,
Yet the way to blessedness
Es ist eine böse Zeit!
that I shall follow to heaven.
(“Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid,” verse 1)
leads to joy after pain.

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Text references: first verse of Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid by Martin Moller (1587) (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Peter 4:12–4:19; Matthew 2:13–2:23

Instrumentation

  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Taille
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano chorale
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo

Notes

This cantata survives only in a revised version of 1733–34.

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