5. Wir ehren diese Herrlichkeit

From Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62

Johann Sebastian Bach
A major → b minor
8 measures

German text

English translation

Wir ehren diese Herrlichkeit
We honor this glory
Und nahen nun zu deiner Krippen
And [we] now draw near to your manger
Und preisen mit erfreuten Lippen,
And laud with gladdened lips
Was du uns zubereit;
What you have prepared for us;
Die Dunkelheit verstört uns nicht
The darkness [of sin] did not destroy us
Und sahen dein unendlich Licht.
And [we] saw [inside our hearts] your unending light.

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: seventh verse of Martin Luther’s hymn of 1524 (adapted)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 13:11–13:14; Matthew 21:1–21:9


  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Continuo: Violone + Organo


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