3. Ach, ziehe die Seele mit Seilen der Liebe

From Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn, BWV 96

Johann Sebastian Bach
C major
Da capo dal segno
84 measures

German text

English translation

Ach, ziehe die Seele mit Seilen der Liebe,
Ah, draw my soul with skeins of love,
O Jesu, ach zeige dich kräftig in ihr!
o Jesus, manifest Yourself powerfully in it!
Erleuchte sie, daß sie dich gläubig erkenne,
Illumine it, so that it may perceive You in faith,
Gib, daß sie mit heiligen Flammen entbrenne,
grant that it burn with holy flame,
Ach wirke ein gläubiges Dürsten nach dir!
ah, create a thirst for You in faith!

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • “Based upon the five-verse hymn by Elisabeth Creutiziger (1524)” (Dürr 2005, 569).
  • Text references: third 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


  • Flauto traverso solo
  • Tenore
  • Continuo


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