5. Die Wunden, Nägel, Kron und Grab

From Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78

Johann Sebastian Bach
E flat major → f minor
27 measures

German text

English translation

Die Wunden, Nägel, Kron und Grab,
The wounds, nails, crown, and grave,
Die Schläge, so man dort dem Heiland gab,
The blows given to the savior there [at his crucifixion],
Sind ihm nunmehro Siegeszeichen
Are henceforth his signs of triumph
Und können mir verneute Kräfte reichen.
And can extend to me renewed strengths.
Wenn ein erschreckliches Gericht
When a fearful judgment
Den Fluch vor die Verdammten spricht,
Declares a curse on the damned,
So kehrst du ihn in Segen.
You turn it into blessing.
Mich kann kein Schmerz und keine Pein bewegen,
No grief and no pain can move me,
Weil sie mein Heiland kennt;
For my savior knows them;
Und da dein Herz vor mich in Liebe brennt,
And because your heart burns with love for me,
So lege ich hinwieder
I in return lay down
Das meine vor dich nieder.
Mine [my heart] before you.
Dies mein Herz, mit Leid vermenget,
This my heart, mixed with grief,
So dein teures Blut besprenget,
Sprinkled with your precious blood
So am Kreuz vergossen ist,
That was shed on the cross,
Geb ich dir, Herr Jesu Christ.
I give you, Lord Jesus Christ.

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • “Based on the twelve-verse hymn of 1641 by Johann Rist” (Dürr 2005, 523).
  • Text references: tenth verse of 1641 hymn by Johann Rist, lines 5–8 (verbatim); eigth through tenth verse of 1641 hymn by Johann Rist (paraphrased)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Galatians 5:16–5:24; Luke 17:11Luke 17:19


  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Organo


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