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Cantata BWV 11
Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen
[Himmelfahrts-Oratorium]
English Translation in Parallel Format
Cantata BWV 11 - Praise God in his kingdoms [Ascension Oratorio]

Event: Ascension Day
Readings: Epistle: Acts 1: 1-11; Gospel: Markus 16: 14-20
Text: Luke 24: 50-51 (Mvt. 2); Acts 1: 9 & Mark 16: 19 (Mvt. 5); Acts 1: 10-11 (Mvt. 7a); Luke 24: 52 & Acts 1: 12 (Mvt. 7c); Johann Rist (Mvt. 6); Gottfried Wilhelm Sacer (Mvt. 9); Anon (Mvts. 1, 3, 4, 7b, 8)
Chorale Text: Gott fähret auf gen Himmel

Biblical quotations in green font, chorales in purple

 

Original German Text

 

English Translation

1

Coro

1

Chorus [S, A, T, B]

 

Tromba I-III, Timpani, Flauto traverso I/II, Oboe I/II, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

 

Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen,
Preiset ihn in seinen Ehren,
Rühmet ihn in seiner Pracht;
Sucht sein Lob recht zu vergleichen,
Wenn ihr mit gesamten Chören
Ihm ein Lied zu Ehren macht!

 

Praise God in his kingdoms,
extol him in his honours
acclaim him in his splendour.
Seek to express his praise rightly
when with assembled choirs
you make a song to his honour!

       

2

Recitativo T

2

Recitative [Tenor]

 

Continuo

   
 

Evangelist:
Der Herr Jesus hub seine Hände auf und segnete seine Jünger,
und es geschah, da er sie segnete, schied er von ihnen.

 

Evangelist:
The Lord Jesus raised his hands and blessed his followers,
and it happened that while he was blessing them he parted from them.

       

3

Recitativo B

3

Recitative [Bass]

 

Flauto traverso I/II, Continuo

   
 

Ach, Jesu, ist dein Abschied schon so nah?
Ach, ist denn schon die Stunde da,
Da wir dich von uns lassen sollen?
Ach, siehe, wie die heißen Tränen
Von unsern blassen Wangen rollen,
Wie wir uns nach dir sehnen,
Wie uns fast aller Trost gebricht.
Ach, weiche doch noch nicht!

 

Ah Jesus, is your departure already so near?
Ah, is it already the hour
when we must let you leave us?
Ah, see how the hot tears
roll down our pale cheeks,
how we gaze after you
how almost all our comfort is lost .
Ah, do not go away yet!

       

4

Aria A

4

Aria [Alto]

 

Violini all' unisono, Continuo

   
 

Ach, bleibe doch, mein liebstes Leben,
Ach, fliehe nicht so bald von mir!
Dein Abschied und dein frühes Scheiden
Bringt mir das allergrößte Leiden,
Ach ja, so bleibe doch noch hier;
Sonst werd ich ganz von Schmerz umgeben.

 

Ah, stay yet, my dearest life,
ah, do not flee so soon from me
Your departure and your early leaving
bring me the greatest suffering.
Ah then , still stay here;
otherwise I shall be quite overwhelmed with sorrow.

       

5

Recitativo T

5

Recitative [Tenor]

 

Continuo

   
 

Evangelist:
Und ward aufgehoben zusehends und fuhr auf gen Himmel,
eine Wolke nahm ihn weg vor ihren Augen, und er sitzet zur rechten Hand Gottes.

 

Evangelist:
And in their sight he was lifted up and went towards heaven,
a cloud took him away from their eyes, and he sits on the right hand of God.

       

6

Choral

6

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

Flauto traverso I/II in octava e Oboe I e Violino I col Soprano, Oboe II, Violino II coll'Alto, Viola col Tenore, Continuo

 

Nun lieget alles unter dir,
Dich selbst nur ausgenommen;
Die Engel müssen für und für
Dir aufzuwarten kommen.
Die Fürsten stehn auch auf der Bahn
Und sind dir willig untertan;
Luft, Wasser, Feuer, Erden
Muß dir zu Dienste werden.

 

Now all lies beneath you,
apart only from yourself;
the angels must for ever and ever
come to wait on you.
Princes also stand by the road
and are willingly subject to you;
air, water, fire and earth
must all be at your service.

       

7a

Recitativo T B - Evangelist, zwei Männer in weißen Kleidern

7a

Recitative [Tenor, Bass]

 

Continuo

   
 

Evangelist:
Und da sie ihm nachsahen gen Himmel fahren,
siehe, da stunden bei ihnen zwei Männer in weißen Kleidern, welche auch sagten:

 

Tenor (Evangelist):
And as they gazed after him travelling to heaven,
see, there stood by them two men in white robes, who also said:

 

Beide:
Ihr Männer von Galiläa, was stehet ihr und sehet gen Himmels
Dieser Jesus, welcher von euch ist aufgenommen gen Himmel,
wird kommen, wie ihr ihn gesehen habt gen Himmel fahren.

 

Tenor and Bass (Two Men):
You men of Galilee, why do you stand here and gaze towards heaven ?
This Jesus, who has been taken from you to heaven
will come again , as you have seen him travel to heaven.

       

7b

Recitativo A

7b

Recitativo [Alto]

 

Flauto traverso I/II, Continuo

   
 

Ach ja! so komme bald zurück:
Tilg einst mein trauriges Gebärden,
Sonst wird mir jeder Augenblick
Verhaßt und Jahren ähnlich werden.

 

Ah then ! return again soon:
wipe away once and for all my sad demeanour,
otherwise for me each moment
will be hateful and become like years.

       

7c

Recitativo T

7c

Recitative [Tenor] ( Evangelist)

 

Continuo

   
 

Evangelist:
Sie aber beteten ihn an, wandten um gen Jerusalem von dem Berge,
der da heißet der Ölberg, welcher ist nahe bei Jerusalem und liegt einen Sabbater-Weg davon,
und sie kehreten wieder gen Jerusalem mit großer Freude.

 

Evangelist:
But they worshipped him , then went back to Jerusalem from the mount
which is called the Mount of Olives and which is near Jerusalem and is situated a Sabbath's journey away
and they returned back to Jerusalem with great joy.

       

8

Aria S

8

Aria [Soprano]

 

Flauto traverso I/II, Oboe, Violini all' unisono

   
 

Jesu, deine Gnadenblicke
Kann ich doch beständig sehn.
Deine Liebe bleibt zurücke,
Dass ich mich hier in der Zeit
An der künftgen Herrlichkeit
Schon voraus im Geist erquicke,
Wenn wir einst dort vor dir stehn.

 

Jesus, your gracious look
I can still see continually.
Your love remains behind,
so that here in this present time
I may already beforehand refresh myself in spirit
with the glory that is to come

when we one day shall stand before you there.

       

9

Choral

9

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

Tromba I-III, Timpani, Flauto traverso I/II, Oboe I/II, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

 

Wenn soll es doch geschehen,
Wenn kömmt die liebe Zeit,
Dass ich ihn werde sehen,
In seiner Herrlichkeit?
Du Tag, wenn wirst du sein,
Dass wir den Heiland grüßen,
Dass wir den Heiland küssen?
Komm, stelle dich doch ein!

 

When will it happen,
when comes the dear time
that I shall see him
in his glory ?
You day, when will you come
that we may greet the Saviour,
that we may kiss the Saviour ?
Come, be present soon!

       

This Translation in Interlinear Format

English Translation by Francis Browne (January 2003)

Contributed by Francis Browne (January 2003)

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