8. O sel’ge Augen, die ihn sahen

From Matthäus-Passion, H 790

Composer
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Tempo
Andantino
Structure
Da capo
Length
127 measures

German text

English translation

O sel’ge Augen, die ihn sahen!
O blessed eyes, that saw him!
O selig, wer von seinem Munde
O blessed, who heard from his mouth
das süße Wort vom neuen Bunde,
the sweet word of the new covenant,
der Wahrheit holden Ruf vernahm!
the beloved call of truth!
Welch Heil, im Fleische den zu nahen,
What blessedness to approach him in the flesh,
den wir im Geiste nur erblicken,
whom we can only glimpse in spirit,
den der, uns ewig zu beglücken,
him, who to make us happy forever
vom Throne seiner Himmel kam!
came from the throne of his heavens!
 

Instrumentation

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

Notes

Biblical passages taken from the King James Version.

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