1. O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort

From O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
D major
Meter
4/4
Structure
none
Length
83 measures

German text

English translation

O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort,
O eternity, you word of thunder,
O Schwert, das durch die Seele bohrt,
o sword, that bores through the soul,
O Anfang sonder Ende!
o beginning without end!
O Ewigkeit, Zeit ohne Zeit,
O eternity, timeless time,
Ich weiß vor großer Traurigkeit
I know not, before such great sorrow,
Nicht, wo ich mich hinwende.
where to turn.
Mein ganz erschrocknes Herze bebt
My heart, completely terrified, trembles,
Daß mir die Zung am Gaumen klebt.
so that my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth.
—Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil.—
—Lord, I await your salvation.—
(“O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort,” verse 1)
 
(Psalm 119:166)
 

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Text references: first verse of O Eweigkeit, du Donnerwort by Johann Rist (1642) (verbatim); Genesis 49:18 (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Colossians 1:9–1:14; Matthew 9:18–9:26

Instrumentation

  • Corno chorale
  • Oboe d’amore I
  • Oboe d’amore II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Furcht (Alto chorale)
  • Hoffnung (Tenore)
  • Continuo: Organo

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