19. Verschonet des Gerechten Blut

From Matthäus-Passion, H 786

Composer
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Length
18 measures

German text

English translation

Verschonet des Gerechten Blut,
Spare the blood of the righteous,
ihr unbarmherz’gen Richter, dämpft eures Grimmes Glut,
you pitiless judges, let your burning wrath abate,
bedenket, was ihr tut!
consider what you do!
Beschwert euch nicht mit Ungerechtigkeiten
Do not encumber yourself with injustices
und nie erhörten Grausamkeiten!
and unheard-of cruelties!
Der Mund des Heilands lehret Frieden.
The mouth of the Savior teaches peace.
Durch ihn wird uns und euch zugleich
Through him you and we alike
des Vaters Himmelreich
are granted his father’s heavenly realm
in seinem Sohn beschieden.
in his son.
Empört euch nicht! Der Sohn
Do not be incensed! The son
wird einst auf seines Vaters Thron
once on his father’s throne
den Ungehorsam rächen,
will avenge the disobedience
und ein verdammend Urteil sprechen.
and utter a judgment of damnation.
 

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Tenore
  • Continuo

Notes

Biblical passages taken from the King James Version.

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