Monday, December 26, 2011

The Complete Weihnachts-oratorium of JS Bach, Part IV:V-VII

5. Recitativo B e Choral S

Wohlan, dein Name soll allein

Jesu, meine Freud und Wonne,

In meinem Herzen sein!

Meine Hoffnung, Schatz und Teil,

So will ich dich entzücket nennen,

Mein Erlösung, Schmuck und Heil,

Wenn Brust und Herz zu dir vor Liebe brennen.
Doch, Liebster, sage mir:
Wie rühm ich dich, wie dank ich dir?

Hirt und König, Licht und Sonne,
Ach! wie soll ich würdiglich,
Mein Herr Jesu, preisen dich?


O joy, thy name shall now alone

Jesus, my true joy and pleasure,

Within my bosom dwell!

My true treasure, share and hope, 

Thus will I call thy name with rapture

My salvation, crown and health,

When breast and heart for thee with love are burning.
But, dearest, tell me now:
How thee to praise, how thee to thank.

King and shepherd, sun and radiance,
Ah, how shall I worthily,
My Lord Jesus, give thee praise?


6. Aria (T)

Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben,
Mein Heiland, gib mir Kraft und Mut,
Dass es mein Herz recht eifrig tut!

Stärke mich,
Deine Gnade würdiglich
Und mit Danken zu erheben!


I would but for thine honor live now;
My Savior, give me strength of will,
That this my heart with zeal may do.

Strengthen me
Thy mercy worthily
And with gratitude to honor!


7. Choral (S, A, T, B)

Jesus richte mein Beginnen,
Jesus bleibe stets bei mir,
Jesus zäume mir die Sinnen,
Jesus sei nur mein Begier,
Jesus sei mir in Gedanken,
Jesu, lasse mich nicht wanken!


Jesus order my beginning,
Jesus bide alway with me,
Jesus bridle my intention,
Jesus be my sole desire,
Jesus be in all my thinking,
Jesus, let me never waver.



The complete Christmas Oratorio is featured on All for Hymn
beginning at 6:00 PM ET on December 24, 2011
and running every 3 hours.

English Translation © Z. Philip Ambrose, translator, 
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Special thanks to counterpoint85 over on youtube
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