Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gloria sei, drei! Glory be, three!

The text of verse three of "Wachet Auf" below is not the same as the one in Bach's cantata setting.

Here is the one that is sung below. You will notice the "close approximation" in translating the second-last line :) Perhaps this consumation of bride and groom has no particular translation! Feel free to drop your own translation in the comment section.  

Also, I mistranslated Line 2 before, and it is corrected here.

Gloria sei dir gesungen
Glory to thee be sung

Mit Menschen- und englischen Zungen,

With human and angelic tongues,

Mit Harfen und mit Zimbeln schon.
With harp and with beautiful cymbals.

Von zwölf Perlen sind die Pforten,
Of twelve pearls are the portals,

An deiner Stadt sind wir Konsorten
In Thy city we are in concert with

Der Engel hoch um deinen Thron.
The angel high upon Thy throne.

Kein Aug hat je gespürt,
No eye has yet seen,

Kein Ohr hat je gehört
No ear has yet heard

Solche Freude!
Such joy!

Des sind wir froh,
Therefore we are extatic,

io, io!

Ewig in dulci jubilo.
Forever in sweet jubilation.

Introducing Prime Time America

I like to think of Prime Time America as a Christian media alternative to All Things Considered.  If segments on crucial differences between Christianity and Islam are more relevant to you than a segment on the invasion Asiatic bittersweet vines in New England forests, this program is worth checking out.

If you've ever tuned in to Sound of Majesty, you'll recognize that the two shows share the same host, Greg Wheatley.

Last Monday the show featured both a discussion on Christianity and Islam as well as the author of the book, "This Is Your Brain on Music."  You can catch the first hour here, and the second hour here.

Prime Time America airs weekdays on Christian radio stations around the country.  For a station list, try this link.  It is also broadcast over the internet on beginning at 4:00 PM Central.

Unable to catch the streaming broadcast?  The show is archived for your convenience.