4. Streite, siege, starker Held!

From Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
D major
Meter
4/4
Structure
Da Capo
Length
75 measures

German text

English translation

Streite, siege, starker Held!
Struggle, conquer, powerful hero!
Sei vor uns im Fleische kräftig!
Be mighty for us in the flesh!
Sei geschäftig,
Be effective,
Das Vermögen in uns Schwachen Stark zu machen!
to strengthen the potential in us, the weak!

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • “Based exclusively on Martin Luther’s hymn of 1524 and hence on its model, the Latin hymn Veni redemptor gentium” (Dürr 2005, 78).
  • Text references: sixth verse of Martin Luther’s hymn of 1524 (adapted)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 13:11–13:14; Matthew 21:1–21:9

Instrumentation

  • Basso solo
  • Violino I + Violino II + Viola
  • Continuo: Violone + Organo

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