3. Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen

From Ich habe genug, BWV 82, Version 2

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
E flat major
Meter
4/4
Structure
Da capo al Fine
Length
85 measures

German text

English translation

Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen,
Fall into [death’s] slumber, you languid eyes,
Fallet sanft und selig zu!
Droop gently and blissfully shut.
Welt, ich bleibe nicht mehr hier,
World, I will remain here no longer;
Hab ich doch kein Teil an dir,
I have indeed no share in you
Das der Seele könnte taugen.
That could be fit for my soul.
Hier muss ich das Elend bauen,
Here [on earth] I must build up misery,
Aber dort, dort werd ich schauen
But there [in heaven], there I will look upon
Süssen Frieden, stille Ruh.
Sweet peace, quiet rest.
 

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Scripture readings for the day: Malachi 3:1–3:4; Luke 2:22–2:32

Instrumentation

  • Oboe da caccia ad libitum
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Basso / Mezzo-soprano
  • Continuo: Organo

Notes

Performed in 1735 with mezzo-soprano

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