3. Wir waren schon zu tief gesunken

From Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9

Johann Sebastian Bach
e minor
88 measures

German text

English translation

Wir waren schon zu tief gesunken,
We had indeed sunk too deep;
Der Abgrund schluckt uns völlig ein,
The bottomless pit swallowed us up entirely;
Die Tiefe drohte schon den Tod,
The abyss [of Satan] indeed threatened [us with] death
Und dennoch konnt in solcher Not
And, nonetheless, in such need
Uns keine Hand behülflich sein.
No [merely human] hand was able to be helpful to us.

About the text


  • Violino I solo
  • Tenore
  • Continuo: Organo


The original music is for Violino (solo) but both of the Violino have the content of the part.


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