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Liebster Jesu! wir sind hier
Text and Translation of Chorale

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Author: Anon - Darmstadt Gesangbuch ()
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BWV 373

                 
 
 

German Text (verses in bold print set by Bach)

English Translation

1

Liebster Jesu! wir sind hier,
Dich und dein Wort anzuhören.
Lenke Sinnen und Begier
Auf die süßen Himmelslehren:
Daß die Herzen von der Erden
Ganz zu dir gezogen werden.

Dearest Jesus, we are here
To listen to you and your word.
Direct our minds and desires
to the delightful teaching of heaven:
so that from the earth our hearts
maybe completely drawn to you.

2

Unser Wissen und Verstand
Ist mit Finsterniß verhüllet,
Wo nicht deines Geistes Hand
Uns mit hellem Licht erfüllet:
Gutes denken, thun und dichten
Mußt du selbst in uns verrichten.

Our knowledge and understanding
are overshadowed with darkness
where the hand of your spirit
does not fill us with clear light:
to think, act, and write well
you yourself must carry this out in us.

3

O du Glanz der Herrlichkeit,
Licht vom Licht aus Gott geboren!
Mach uns allesamt bereit,
Öffne Herzen, Mund und Ohren:
Unser Bitten, Flehn und Singen
Laß, Herr Jesu, wohl gelingen.

You splendour of glory
light from light born from God,
make all of us ready,
open our hearts, mouths and ears:
Grant Lord Jesus that our prayers, pleas and singing may succeed well.

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Source of German Text: Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden #5 (Hymnary.org)
English Translation by Francis Browne (May 2015)
Contributed by Francis Browne (May 2015)

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