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Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich
Text and Translation of Chorale

EKG: 21
Author: Nikolaus Herman (1554)
Chorale Melody: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich | Composer: Anon / Nikolaus Herman (1554)

 

Vocal Works by J.S. Bach:

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Type

 

8

BWV 151

Mvt. 5

1725

54

235

54

-

A17:5

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

-

BWV 375

-

?

276

233

276

58

F127.1

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

-

BWV 376

-

?

341

234

342

-

F128.1

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 
 
 

German Text (verses in bold print set by Bach)

English Translation

1

Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich,
In seinem höchsten Thron,
Der heut schließt auf sein Himmelreich
Und schenkt uns seinen Sohn.
Und schenkt uns seinen Sohn.

Praise God, you Christains, all together,
on his highest throne,
who today unlocks his heavenly kingdom
and bestows on us his son.

2

Er kommt aus seines Vaters Schoß
Und wird ein Kindlein klein,
Er liegt dort elend, nackt und bloß
In einem Krippelein.
In einem Krippelein.

He comes from his Father's bosom
and will be a little baby,
he lies there poor, naked and bare
in a little crib.

3

Er äußert sich all seiner G'walt,
Wird niedrig und gering
Und nimmt an sich ein's Knechts Gestalt,
Der Schöpfer aller Ding.
Der Schöpfer aller Ding.

He shows all his might,
he becomes humble and small,
and he takes on a servant's form,
the creator of all things.

4

Er wechselt mit uns wunderlich:
Fleisch und Blut nimmt er an
Und gibt uns in sein's Vaters Reich
Die klare Gottheit dran.
Die klare Gottheit dran.

He makes a wonderful exchange with us:
he takes on flesh and blood
and in his Father's kingdom gives us
in return clear divinity.

5

Er wird ein Knecht und ich ein Herr;
Das mag ein Wechsel sein!
Wie könnt' es doch sein freundlicher,
Das herz'ge Jesulein.
Das herz'ge Jesulein.

He becomes a servant and I a lord,
what an exchange that is!
How could he be more friendly,
dear little Jesus.

6

Heut schleußt er wieder auf die Tür
Zum schönen Paradeis:
Der Cherub steht nicht mehr dafür,
Gott sei Lob, Ehr und Preis!
Gott sei Lob, Ehr und Preis!

Today he again unlocks the door
to the beautiful paradise,
the cherub no more stands in front,

to God be glory, honour and praise

7

Er liegt an seiner Mutter Brust,
Ihr Milch, die ist sein Speis,
An dem die Engel sehn ihr Lust,
Denn er ist Davids Reis,
Denn er ist Davids Reis

He lies at his mother's breast,
her milk is his food,
he in whom angels see their delight.
For he is David's scion.

8

Das aus seinem Stamm entsprießen sollt
In dieser letzten Zeit,
Durch welchen Gott aufrichten wollt
Sein Reich, die Christenheit.
Sein Reich, die Christenheit.

He was destined to spring from his lineage
in this last time,
through whom God wanted to set up
his kingdom, Christendom.

--

English Translation by Francis Browne (May 2009)
Contributed by Francis Browne (May 2009)

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