5. Die Armut, so Gott auf sich nimmt

From Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 91

Johann Sebastian Bach
e minor
Da Capo
72 measures

German text

English translation

Die Armut, so Gott auf sich nimmt,
The poverty that God takes upon Himself,
Hat uns ein ewig Heil bestimmt,
has destined an eternal salvation for us,
Den Überfluß an Himmelsschätzen.
an abundance of heavenly treasures.
Sein menschlich Wesen machet euch
His mortal being makes you
Den Engelsherrlichkeiten gleich,
like the glory of the angels,
Euch zu der Engel Chor zu setzen.
placing you among the angel choirs.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Possibly “based on a libretto by the Halle pastor Johann Michael Heineccius” (Dürr 2005, 93)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Titus 2:11–2:14; Luke 2:1–2:14


  • Violini unisoni
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Continuo: Organo


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