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Cantata BWV 137
Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren
English Translation in Parallel Format
Cantata BWV 137 - Praise the Lord, the mighty king of honour

Event: Cantata for the 12th Sunday after Trinity
Readings:
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 3: 4-11; Gospel: Mark 7: 31-37
Text:
Joachim Neander (1680)

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, Oboe I/II, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo

   
 

Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren,
Meine geliebete Seele, das ist mein Begehren.
Kommet zu Hauf,
Psalter und Harfen, wacht auf!
Lasset die Musicam hören.

 

Praise the Lord, the mighty king of honour,
My beloved soul,that is my desire.
Gather together
Psaltery and harps , awake !
Let the music be heard.

       

2

Aria A

2

Aria [Alto]

 

Violino solo, Continuo

   
 

Lobe den Herren, der alles so herrlich regieret,
Der dich auf Adelers Fittichen sicher geführet,
Der dich erhält,
Wie es dir selber gefällt;
Hast du nicht dieses verspüret?

 

Praise the Lord who rules all things so excellently
Who bears you on eagle’s wings securely
Who supports you
As you yourself wish ;
Have you not felt this ?

       

3

Aria (Duetto) S B

3

Aria (Duet) [Soprano, Bass]

 

Oboe I/II, Continuo

   
 

Lobe den Herren, der künstlich und fein dich bereitet,
Der dir Gesundheit verliehen, dich freundlich geleitet;
In wieviel Not
Hat nicht der gnädige Gott
Über dir Flügel gebreitet!

 

Praise the Lord who endows you with such subtle art,
Who grants you good health and guides you in a friendly way;
In how many desperate circumstances
Has not God in his mercy
Spread his wings over you!

       

4

Aria (e Choral) T

4

Aria & Chorale [Tenor]

 

Tromba, Continuo

   
 

Lobe den Herren, der deinen Stand sichtbar gesegnet,
Der aus dem Himmel mit Strömen der Liebe geregnet;
Denke dran,
Was der Allmächtige kann,
Der dir mit Liebe begegnet.

 

Praise the Lord,who has clearly blessed your position,
Who from heaven has rained down streams of love upon you
Think about
What the Almighty can do,
Who meets you with his love.

       

5

Choral

5

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

Tromba I-III, Timpani, Oboe I/II e Violino I col Soprano, Violino II coll'Alto, Viola col Tenore, Continuo

 

Lobe den Herren, was in mir ist, lobe den Namen!
Alles, was Odem hat, lobe mit Abrahams Samen!
Er ist dein Licht,
Seele, vergiss es ja nicht;
Lobende, schließe mit Amen!

 

Praise the Lord, all that is in me, praise his name !
Let all that has breath praise him with Abraham’s seed !
He is your light,

My soul, do not forget this;
End your praise with Amen !

       

This Translation in Interlinear Format + Note on the Text

English Translation by Francis Browne (December 2011)

Contributed by Francis Browne (December 2011)

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