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Cantata BWV 110
Unser Mund sei voll Lachens
English Translation in Parallel Format
Cantata BWV 110 - May our mouth be filled with laughter

Event: Cantata for Christmas Day
Readings:
Epistle: Titus 2: 11-14 / Isaiah 9: 2-7; Gospel: Luke 2: 1-14
Text:
After Psalm 126: 2-3 (Mvt. 1); Jeremiah 10: 6 (Mvt. 3); Luke 2: 14 (Mvt. ); Kaspar Füger (Mvt. 7); Georg Christian Lehms (Mvts. 2, 4, 6) [according to W. Murray Young: Christian Weiss, Sr., Picander and J.S. Bach are also suggested]
Chorale Text:
Wir Christenleut habn jetzund Freud

Biblical quotations in green font, chorales in purple

 

Original German Text

 

English Translation

1

Coro

1

Chorus [S, A, T, B]

 

Tromba I-III, Timpani, Flauto traverso I/II col Oboe I-III, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

 

Unser Mund sei voll Lachens
und unsre Zunge voll Rühmens.
Denn der Herr hat Großes an uns getan.

 

May our mouth be filled with laughter
and our tongue full of praise

for the Lord has done great things for us.

       

2

Aria T

2

Aria[Tenor]

 

Flauto traverso I/II, Fagotto, Continuo

 
 

Ihr Gedanken und ihr Sinnen,
Schwinget euch anitzt von hinnen,
Steiget schleunig himmelan
Und bedenkt, was Gott getan!
Er wird Mensch, und dies allein,
Dass wir Himmels Kinder sein.

 

You thoughts and you senses,
leap up from here,
climb quickly to heaven

and consider what God has done!
He has become man, and this only

so that we may become children of heaven.

       

3

Recitativo B

3

Recitative [Bass]

 

Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

 
 

Dir, Herr, ist niemand gleich.
Du bist groß und dein Name ist groß
und kannst's mit der Tat beweisen.

 

No one is like you, Lord,
you are great and your name is great

und kannst's mit der Tat beweisen.
and you can show this by your deeds.

       

4

Aria A

4

Aria [Alto]

 

Oboe d'amore solo, Continuo

 
 

Ach Herr, was ist ein Menschenkind,
Dass du sein Heil so schmerzlich suchest?
Ein Wurm, den du verfluchest,
Wenn Höll und Satan um ihn sind;
Doch auch dein Sohn, den Seel und Geist
Aus Liebe seinen Erben heißt.

 

Ah, Lord, what is a child of man
that you should seek his salvation with so much pain?
A worm whom you curse

when hell and Satan are around him;
but also your son, whom soul and spirit

Through love call their inheritance.

       

5

Aria (Duetto) S T

5

Aria (Duet) [Soprano, Tenor]

 

Continuo

 
 

Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
und Friede auf Erden
und den Menschen ein Wohlgefallen!

 

Glory to God on high
and peace
on the earth
and goodwill to men.

       

6

Aria B

6

Aria [Bass]

 

Tromba, Oboe I/II, Oboe da caccia, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

 
 

Wacht auf, ihr Adern und ihr Glieder,
Und singt dergleichen Freudenlieder,
Die unserm Gott gefällig sein.
Und ihr, ihr andachtsvollen Saiten,
Sollt ihm ein solches Lob bereiten,
Dabei sich Herz und Geist erfreun.

 

Awaken, you veins and limbs,
and sing such songs of joy

that are pleasing to our God
and you, you devoted strings,
should prepare for him such praise

As delights heart and spirit.

       

7

Choral

7

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

Tromba e Oboe I e Flauto traverso I/II col Soprano, Oboe II e Violino II coll'Alto, Oboe da caccia e Viola col Tenore, Continuo

 

Alleluja! Gelobt sei Gott,
Singen wir all aus unsers Herzens Grunde.
Denn Gott hat heut gemacht solch Freud,
Die wir vergessen solln zu keiner Stunde.

 

Alléluia ! God be praised,
We all sing from the bottom of our hearts

God has made such joy today
that we can never forget.

       

This Translation in Interlinear Format

English Translation by Francis Browne (August 2008)

Contributed by Francis Browne (August 2008)

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Chorale Text:
Wir Christenleut habn jetzund Freud

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