2. Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten

From Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
B flat major
Meter
4/4
Structure
Da Capo
Length
98 measures

Instrumentation

  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Violone
  • Continuo: Organo

German text

English translation

Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten,
We hasten with weak but diligent steps,
O Jesu, o Meister zu helfen, zu dir.
Oh Jesus, oh Master of Salvation, to you.
Du suchest die Kranken und Irrenden treulich.
You seek the ailing and erring faithfully,
Ach höre, wie wir
Ah, hear, how we
Die Stimmen erheben, um Hülfe zu bitten!
Raise our voices to plead for help/salvation.
Es sei uns dein gnädiges Antlitz erfreulich!
Let your merciful countenance be gladdening to us.
 

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • “Based on the twelve-verse hymn of 1641 by Johann Rist” (Dürr 2005, 523).
  • Text references: second verse of 1641 hymn by Johann Rist (paraphrased)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Galatians 5:16–5:24; Luke 17:11–Luke 17:19

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