1. Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn

From Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn, BWV 96

Johann Sebastian Bach
F major
120 measures

German text

English translation

Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn,
Lord Christ, only Son of God,
Vaters in Ewigkeit,
of the Father in eternity,
Aus seinem Herzn entsprossen,
sprung forth out of His heart,
Gleichwie geschrieben steht,
just as it is written,
Er ist der Morgensterne,
He is the morning star,
Sein’ Glanz steckt er so ferne
His gaze extends far and wide
Für andern Sternen klar.
and is more brilliant than other stars.
(“Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn, verse 1)

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • “Based upon the five-verse hymn by Elisabeth Creutiziger (1524)” (Dürr 2005, 569).
  • Text references: first verse of the hymn by Elisabeth Creutiziger (1524) (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 1:4–1:9; Matthew 22:34–22:46


  • Corno chorale / Trombone chorale
  • Flauto piccolo solo / Violino piccolo solo
  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Alto chorale
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo


1724 Corno
1724 Flauto piccolo
1734 Violino piccolo
1746/47 Trombone


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