Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday: St. John's Passion, Part 19

The Passion according to St. John
set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Part 19

Betrachte, meine Seel,
Mit ängstlichem Vergnügen,
Mit bittrer Lust und halb beklemmtem Herzen
Dein höchstes Gut in Jesu Schmerzen,
Wie dir auf Dornen, so ihn stechen,
Die Himmelsschlüsselblumen blühn!
Du kannst viel süße Frucht
von seiner Wermut brechen
Drum sieh ohn Unterlass auf ihn!

Behold, my soul,
With anxious pleasure,
With bitter passion and half-oppressed heart,
Your highest good in Jesus' torments,
How for you the thorns that stab Him
Bloom as keys to heaven's flowers!
You can pluck much sweet fruit
From His wormwood,
Therefore look on Him unceasingly!


For the complete text in German, click here.
For the complete text in English, click here.

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