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Es ist genug
Text and Translation of Chorale

EKG:
Author: Franz Joachim Burmeister (1662)
Chorale Melody: Es ist genug | Composer: Johann Rudolf Ahle (1662)

 

Vocal Works by J.S. Bach:

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Type

 

5

BWV 60

Mvt. 5

1723

216

91

216

46

F60
A161:5

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 
 
 

German Text (verses in bold print set by Bach)

English Translation

1

Es ist genug!
So nimm, Herr, meinen Geist
zu Zions Geistern hin;
lös auf das Band, das allgemählich reißt;
befreie diesen Sinn,
der sich nach seinem Gotte sehnet,
der täglich klagt und nächtlich thränet:
Es ist genug!

It is enough!
Therefore, Lord, take my spirit
from here to the spirits of Zion;
undo the ties , that gradually are tearing me apart;
set free this mind
that yearns for its God,
that daily laments and nightly weeps:
It is enough!

2

Es ist genug
des Jammers, der mich drückt!
Des Adams Apfelgier, das Sündengift,
hat kaum mich nicht erstickt;
nichts Gutes wohnt in mir.
Was kläglich mich von Gotte trennet,
was täglich mich beflecket nennet,
des ist genug.

There is enough
of the misery that crushes me!
Adamís greed for the apple, the poison of sin
have all but smothered me;
nothing good dwells in me.
What miserably separates me from God,
what each day marks me out as polluted
- of this there is enough.

3

Es ist genug
des Kreuzes, das mir fast
den Rücken wund gemacht;
wie schwer, o Gott, wie hart ist diese Last!
Ich schwemme manche Nacht
mein hartes Lager durch mit Thränen.
Wie lang, wie lange muß ich sehnen?
Wann ists genug?

There is enough
of the cross that almost
breaks my back;
how heavy, o God, how hard is this burden!
Many nights I soak
my hard bed with my tears.
How long, how long must I yearn?
When is it enough?

4

Es ist genug,
wenn nur mein Jesus will.
Er kennet ja mein Herz;
Ich harre sein und halt indessen still,
bis er mir allen Schmerz,
der meine sieche Brust abnaget,
zurücke legt und zu mir saget:
Es ist genug!

It is enough
only when my Jesus wills.
He indeed knows my heart;
I wait for him and meanwhile keep calm,
until by him all the sorrow
that gnaws away at my sickly breast
is put aside and he says to me:
It is enough!

5

Es ist genug,
Herr, wenn es dir gefällt,
so spanne mich doch aus.
Mein Jesus kömmt!
Nun gute Nacht, o Welt!
Ich fahr ins Himmelshaus,
ich fahre sicher hin mit Frieden;
Mein feuchter Jammer bleibt darnieden.
Es ist genug
!

It is enough,
Lord, when it is pleasing to you,
then grant me release.
May my Jesus come!
Now good night, o world.
I am going to heavenís house,
I go confidently from here with joy;
my dismal sorrow remains down below.
It is enough!

--

Sourcee of text: Kirchen-Gesangbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden..."Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 1903. Supplied by Mark DeGermaux
English Translation by Francis Browne (November 2005)
Contributed by Francis Browne (November 2005)

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