Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Complete Weihnachts-oratorium of JS Bach, Part II:IX-X

9. Recitativo B

So geht denn hin, ihr Hirten, geht,
Dass ihr das Wunder seht:
Und findet ihr des Höchsten Sohn
In einer harten Krippe liegen,
So singet ihm bei seiner Wiegen
Aus einem süßen Ton
Und mit gesamtem Chor
Dies Lied zur Ruhe vor!


So go then there, ye shepherds, go,
That ye this wonder see:
And when ye find the Highest's Son
Within an austere manger lying,
Then sing to him beside his cradle
In tones that sweetly ring
And with assembled choir
This song of slumber bring!


10. Aria A

Schlafe, mein Liebster, genieße der Ruh,
Wache nach diesem vor aller Gedeihen!

Labe die Brust,
Empfinde die Lust,
Wo wir unser Herz erfreuen!


Sleep now, my dearest, enjoy now thy rest,
Wake on the morrow to flourish in splendor!

Lighten thy breast,
With joy be thou blest,
Where we hold our heart's great pleasure!



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