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Cantata BWV 107
Was willst du dich betrüben
English Translation in Parallel Format
Cantata BWV 107 - Why do you want to distress yourself

Event: Chorale Cantata for 7th Sunday after Trinity
Readings: Epistle: Romans 6: 19-23; Gospel: Mark 8: 1-9
Text: Johann Heermann
Chorale Text: Was willst du dich betrüben

Biblical quotations in green font, chorales in purple

 

Original German Text

 

English Translation

1

Choral

1

Chorus [S, A, T, B]

 

Corno da caccia col Soprano, Flauto traverso I/II, Oboe d'amore I/II, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

 

Was willst du dich betrüben,
O meine liebe Seel?
Ergib dich, den zu lieben,
Der heißt Immanuel!
Vertraue ihm allein,
Er wird gut alles machen
Und fördern deine Sachen.
Wie dir's wird selig sein!

 

Why do you want to distress yourself,
o my dear soul?
Give yourself up to love of him
who is called Immanuel!
Have trust in him alone,
he will make everything good
and promote your affairs.
What blessings there will be for you!

       

2

Recitativo B

2

Recitative [Bass]

 

Oboe d'amore I/II, Continuo

   
 

Denn Gott verlässet keinen,
Der sich auf ihn verlässt.
Er bleibt getreu den Seinen.
Die ihm vertrauen fest.
Läßt sich's an wunderlich,
So lass dir doch nicht grauen!
Mit Freuden wirst du schauen,
Wie Gott wird retten dich.

 

For God abandons no one
who relies on him.
He remains true to those who are his,
who place their trust firmly in him.
Something may begin in a baffling way,
but do not let yourself be frightened.
With joy you will behold
how God will rescue you.

       

3

Aria B

3

Aria [Bass]

 

Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

   
 

Auf ihn magst du es wagen
Mit unerschrocknem Mut,
Du wird mit ihm erjagen,
Was dir ist nütz und gut.
Was Gott beschlossen hat,
Das kann niemand hindern
Aus allen Menschenkindern;
Es geht nach seinem Rat.

 

With him you may dare
with a courageous spirit,

you will with him get hold of
what is useful and good for you.
What God has decided,
that nobody can change
from all the children of mankind.

Things go according to his counsel.

       

4

Aria T

4

Aria [Tenor]

 

Continuo

   
 

Wenn auch gleich aus der Höllen
Der Satan wollte sich
Dir selbst entgegenstellen
Und toben wider dich.
So muss er doch mit Spott
Von seinen Ränken lassen,
Damit er dich will fassen;
Denn dein Werk fördert Gott.

 

Even if at once from hell
Satan should want
himself to oppose you,
and rage against you
then with derision he would have
to leave off his intrigues
with which he wants to catch you:
for God helps your work.

       

5

Aria S

5

Aria [Soprano]

 

Oboe d'amore I/II, Continuo

   
 

Es richt's zu seinen Ehren
Und deiner Seligkeit;
Soll's sein, kein Mensch kanns wehren.
Und wärs ihm doch so leid.
Will's denn Gott haben nicht,
So kann's niemand forttreiben.
Es muss zurückebleiben,
Was Gott will, das geschicht.

 

He directs all for his honour
and your blessedness:
it must be so, no man can fight against it,
even if it means suffering for him.
But what God does not want,
no one can carry on with.
It must be left unfinished,
What God wants, that happens.

       

6

Aria T

6

Aria [Tenor]

 

Flauto traverso I/II all' unisono, Continuo

   
 

Darum ich mich ihm ergebe,
Im sei es heimgestellt;
Nach nichts ich sonst mehr strebe
Denn nur was ihm gefällt.
Drauf wart ich und bin still,
Sein Will der ist der beste.
Das glaub ich steif und feste,
Gott mach es, wie er will!

 

Therefore I devote myself to him,
may all be left to him;
I strive after nothing more

than what pleases him
For this I wait and am still,
His will is what is best
I believe this strongly and truly,
May God act however he wants!

       

7

Coro

7

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

Corno da caccia col Soprano, Flauto I/II e Oboe I coll'Alto, Oboe d'amore II col Tenore, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

 

Herr, gib, dass ich dein Ehre
Ja all mein Leben lang
Von Herzensgrund vermehre,
Dir sage Lob und Dank!
O Vater, Sohn und Geist,
Der du aus lauter Gnade
Abwendest Not und Schaden,
Sei immerdar gepreist.

 

Lord, grant that I your honour
throughout my life
may increase from the bottom of my heart,
and give you praise and thanks
O Father, Son and Spirit
you who out of pure mercy
turn away distress and harm,
be praised for evermore!

       

This Translation in Interlinear Format

English Translation by Francis Browne (March 2002)

Contributed by Francis Browne (March 2002)

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