2. O selger Christ, der allzeit seinen Willen

From Alles nur nach Gottes Willen, BWV 72

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
C major → d minor
Meter
4/4
Length
59 measures

German text

English translation

O selger Christ, der allzeit seinen Willen
O blessed Christian, who always sinks his will
In Gottes Willen senkt, es gehe wie es gehe,
in God’s will, be it as it may,
Bei Wohl und Wehe.
in prosperity or woe.
Herr, so du willt, so muß sich alles fügen!
Lord, as you will, so must everything occur!
Herr, so du willt, so kannst du mich vergnügen!
Lord, as you will, you can content me!
Herr, so du willt, verschwindet meine Pein!
Lord, as you will, my pain will diminish!
Herr, so du willt, werd ich gesund und rein!
Lord, as you will, I will become whole and pure!
Herr, so du willt, wird Traurigkeit zur Freude!
Lord, as you will, sorrow will become joy!
Herr, so du willt, find ich auf Dornen Weide!
Lord, as you will, I will find pasture among thorns!
Herr, so du willt, werd ich einst selig sein!
Lord, as you will, I will one day be blessed!
Herr, so du willt,—laß mich dies Wort im Glauben fassen
Lord, as you will—let me seize upon this word in faith
Und meine Seele stillen!—
and quiet my soul!—
Herr, so du willt, so sterb ich nicht,
Lord, as you will, I will not die,
Ob Leib und Leben mich verlassen,
though body and life abandon me,
Wenn mir dein Geist dies Wort ins Herze spricht!
if Your spirit speaks this word in my heart!
 

About the text

  • Author: Salomo Franck
  • “The text of this cantata [comes] from the cycle Evangelisches Andachts-Opffer of 1715 by Salomo Franck” (Dürr 2005, 208).
  • Text references: Matthew 8:2 (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Romans 12:17–12:21; Matthew 8:1–8:13

Instrumentation

  • Alto
  • Continuo

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