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Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist
Text and Translation of Chorale

EKG:
Author: Martin Luther (Johann Walter Gesangbuch, 1524)
Chorale Melody: | Composer: ()

 

Vocal Works by J.S. Bach:

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Type

 

3

BWV 169

Mvt. 7

           

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

3

BWV 197

Mvt. 5

           

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 
 

BWV 385

             

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 
 
 

German Text (verses in bold print set by Bach)

English Translation

1

Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist
Um den rechten glauben allermeist,
Daß er uns behüte an unserm ende,
Wenn wir heimfahren aus diesem elende.
Kyrieleis!

We now beg the holy spirit
for true belief above all
so that he may watch over us at our end
when we travel home from this miserable world.
Lord, have mercy

2

Du werthes licht! gib uns deinem schein,
Lehr' uns Jesum Christ kennen allein,
Daß wir an ihm bleiben, dem treuen Heiland,
Der uns bracht hat zu dem rechten vaterland.
Kyrieleis!

You precious light, give us your brightness, teach us to know Jesus Christ alone so that we may remain with him ,the true saviour who has brought us to our true fatherland .
Lord, have mercy

3

Du süße lieb'! schenk uns deine gunst,
Laß uns empfinden der liebe brunst,
Daß wir uns von herzen einander lieben,
Und im friede auf einem sinn bleiben.
Kyrieleis!

You sweet love, grant us your flavour
let us feel your burning love
so that we may love each other from the heart and in peace remain of one mind
Lord, have mercy

4

Du höchster tröster in aller noth!
Hilf, daß wir nicht fürchten schand' noch tod,
Daß in uns die sinne nicht verzagen,
Wenn der feind wird das leben verklagen.
Kyrieleis!

You who are the greatest consolation in all distress, help us so that we fear neither disgrace nor death, so that is just the mind may not despair when the enemy brings accusations against our life
Lord, have mercy

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English Translation by Francis Browne (May 2015)
Contributed by Francis Browne (May 2015)

Cantata BWV 169: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements
Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Text:
German-1 | German-6 | NBA Text
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Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-1 | Dutch-7 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Hungarian-2 | Indonesian-1 | Italian-5 | Russian-1 | Russian-3 | Spanish-3 | Spanish-7

Cantatas BWV 197: Details & Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements
Cantatas BWV 197a: Details & Recordings
Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
BWV 197: Text:
German-1 | German-6 | NBA Text
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Catalan-1 | Chinese-2 | Dutch-3 | English-1 | English-3I | English-3P | English-6 | English-10 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian-1 | Italian-2 | Russian-1 | Russian-3 | Spanish-4 | Spanish-7

Chorales BWV 250-438
Recordings | General Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Chorales in Bach's Vocal Works: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Hidden Chorale Melody Allusions | Passion Chorale
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