5. Was die Welt in sich hält

From Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget, BWV 64

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
b minor
Meter
4/4
Structure
Da capo
Length
92 measures

German text

English translation

Was die Welt
Whatever the world
In sich hält,
contains,
Muß als wie ein Rauch vergehen.
must dissipate like smoke.
Aber was mir Jesus gibt
But what my Jesus gives me
Und was meine Seele liebt,
and what my soul loves,
Bleibet fest und ewig stehen.
remains sure and lasts forever.

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • “Based on a text with the same opening, and for the same occasion, by Johann Knauer” (Dürr 2005, 123).
  • Text references: Psalm 37:20
  • Scripture readings for the day: Hebrews 1:1–1:14; John 1:1–1:14; 1 John 1:1–1:10; John 21:20–21:4

Instrumentation

  • Violino I solo
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Continuo: Organo

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