2. Was willst du dich, mein Geist, entsetzen

From Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, BWV 8, Version 1

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
c sharp minor
Meter
3/4
Structure
none
Length
94 measures

German text

English translation

Was willst du dich, mein Geist, entsetzen,
Why should you recoil, my spirit,
Wenn meine letzte Stunde schlägt?
when my last hour strikes?
Mein Leib neigt täglich sich zur Erden,
My body bows itself daily to the earth,
Und da muß seine Ruhstatt werden,
and there must my resting-place be,
Wohin man so viel tausend trägt.
to which so many thousand are borne.

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on Casper Neumann’s pre-1697 hymn (Dürr 2005, 552).
  • Scripture readings for the day: Ephesians 3:13–3:21; Luke 7:11–7:17

Instrumentation

  • Oboe d’amore I
  • Tenore
  • Continuo: Organo

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