Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
1777

8. O sel’ge Augen, die ihn sahen

  • Fagotto obbligato
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Basso
  • Continuo

German Text

O sel’ge Augen, die ihn sahen!
O selig, wer von seinem Munde
das süße Wort vom neuen Bunde,
der Wahrheit holden Ruf vernahm!
Welch Heil, im Fleische den zu nahen,
den wir im Geiste nur erblicken,
den der, uns ewig zu beglücken,
vom Throne seiner Himmel kam!

English Translation

O blessed eyes, that saw him!
O blessed, who heard from his mouth
the sweet word of the new covenant,
the beloved call of truth!
What blessedness to approach him in the flesh,
whom we can only glimpse in spirit,
him, who to make us happy forever
came from the throne of his heavens!

Notes

Biblical passages taken from the King James Version.

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