7. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele

From Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70, Part I

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
G major
Meter
3/4
Structure
none
Length
34 measures

German text

English translation

Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele,
Rejoice greatly, o my soul,
Und vergiß all Not und Qual,
and forget all stress and anguish,
Weil dich nun Christus, dein Herre,
since now Christ, your Lord,
Ruft aus diesem Jammertal!
calls you out of this valley of sorrow!
Seine Freud und Herrlichkeit
His joy and glory
Sollt du sehn in Ewigkeit,
you shall behold in eternity,
Mit den Engeln jubilieren,
to celebrate with the angels,
In Ewigkeit triumphieren.
and triumph in eternity.

About the text

  • Author: Salamo Franck
  • Text references: last verse of Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele by Freeburg (1620) (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 2 Peter 3:3–3:13; Matthew 25:31–25:36

Instrumentation

  • Soprano + Tromba + Oboe + Violino I
  • Alto + Violino II
  • Tenore + Viola
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Fagotto + Organo

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