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Text for Cantata 118 (Motet)
O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht

Original German Text

English Translation

1. CHOR

O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht
mein Hort, mein Trost, mein Zuversicht,
auf Erden bin ich nur ein Gast
und drückt mich sehr der Sünden Last.

O Jesus Christ, light of my life,
my refuge, my comfort, my assurance,
I am but a guest upon earth
and the burden of sin presses greatly upon me.

Auf deinen Abschied Herr ich trau
darauf mein letzte Heimfahrt bau.
Tu mir die Himmelstür weit auf
wenn ich beschließ mein Lebenslauf.

In your parting I do trust,
upon this I base my final journey home.
Open wide before me heaven's door
when I conclude my life's course.


COMPOSED: 1736/1737 (Leipzig) for an unknown occasion, likely a funeral
LIBRETTO: unknown, possibly Martin Behm. stanzas 1, and 11 (later added) of O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht (1608)
TRANSLATION: 2017 Tobin Schmuck, NYC
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