2. O Wunderkraft der Liebe

From Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn, BWV 96

Johann Sebastian Bach
B flat major → F major
17 measures

German text

English translation

O Wunderkraft der Liebe,
O wondrous power of love,
Wenn Gott an sein Geschöpfe denket,
when God considers His creation,
Wenn sich die Herrlichkeit
when glory
Im letzten Teil der Zeit
in the final portion of time
Zur Erde senket;
sinks down to earth;
O unbegreifliche, geheime Macht!
o unfathomable, mysterious power!
Es trägt ein auserwählter Leib
A chosen body bears
Den großen Gottessohn,
the great Son of God,
Den David schon
whom David already
Im Geist als seinen Herrn verehrte,
honored in spirit as his Lord,
Da dies gebenedeite Weib
for this blessed woman
In unverletzter Keuschheit bliebe.
remained in unchanged purity.
O reiche Segenskraft! so sich auf uns ergossen,
O rich power of blessing! that is poured forth upon us,
Da er den Himmel auf, die Hölle zugeschlossen.
since He has unlocked heaven and padlocked hell.
(“Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn, verse 2)

About the text

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


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