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Cantata BWV 152
Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn
English Translation in Parallel Format
Cantata BWV 152 - Step forward on the way of faith

Event: Solo Cantata for the 1st Sunday after Christmas Day
Readings: Epistle: Galatians 4: 1-7; Gospel: Luke 2: 33-40
Text: Salomo Franck

Biblical quotations in green font, chorales in purple

 

Original German Text

 

English Translation

1

Sinfonia

1

Sinfonia

 

Flauto, Oboe, Viola d'amore, Viola da gamba, Continuo

   
       

2

Aria B

2

Aria [Bass]

 

Oboe, Continuo

   
 

Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn,
Gott hat den Stein geleget,
Der Zion hält und träget,
Mensch, stoße dich nicht dran!
Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn!

 

Step forward on the way of faith,
God has laid the stone
that bears and supports Zion.
Man, do not stumble against it!
Step forward on the way of faith!

       

3

Recitativo B

3

Recitative [Bass]

 

Continuo

   
 

Der Heiland ist gesetzt
In Israel zum Fall und Auferstehen.
Der edle Stein ist sonder Schuld,
Wenn sich die böse Welt
So hart an ihm verletzt,
Ja, über ihn zur Höllen fällt,
Weil sie boshaftig an ihn rennet
Und Gottes Huld
Und Gnade nicht erkennet!
Doch selig ist
Ein auserwählter Christ,
Der seinen Glaubensgrund auf diesen Eckstein leget,
Weil er dadurch Heil und Erlösung findet.

 

The saviour is appointed
in Israel for its fall and resurrection
The precious stone is without blame
if the evil world
injures itself on it,
even falls over it to hell,
since the world runs against it so maliciously
and God's favour
and grace does not recognise!

But blessed is
a Christian who has been chosen,
who places the foundation of his faith on this cornerstone
since by this he finds salvation and redemption.

       

4

Aria S

4

Aria [Soprano]

 

Flauto, Viola d'amore, Continuo

   
 

Stein, der über alle Schätze,
Hilf, dass ich zu aller Zeit
Durch den Glauben auf dich setze
Meinen Grund der Seligkeit
Und mich nicht an dir verletze,
Stein, der über alle Schätze!

 

Stone, which surpasses all treasures,
help me, so that I at all times

through faith on you may place
the foundation of my salvation
and so that I may not injure myself on you,
Stone, which surpasses all treasures.

       

5

Recitativo B

5

Recitative [Bass]

 

Continuo

   
 

Es ärgre sich die kluge Welt,
Dass Gottes Sohn
Verlässt den hohen Ehrenthron,
Dass er in Fleisch und Blut sich kleidet
Und in der Menschheit leidet.
Die größte Weisheit dieser Erden
Muß vor des Höchsten Rat
Zur größten Torheit werden.
Was Gott beschlossen hat,
Kann die Vernunft doch nicht ergründen;
Die blinde Leiterin verführt die geistlich Blinden.

 

Let the clever world be angry
that God's son
should forsake his high throne of honour,
that he should clothe himself in flesh and blood
and suffer as a human being.
The greatest wisdom of this world
must before the counsel of the most high
Become the greatest folly.
What God has decided,
reason cannnot fathom;
she is the blind leader who misleads the spiritually blind.

       

6

Aria (Duetto) S B - Seele (S), Jesus (B)

6

Aria (Duetto) [Soprano, Bass] - Soul (Soprano), Jesus (Bass)

 

Violino I/II, gli stromenti all'unisono (flauto, oboe, viola d'amore, viola da gamba), Continuo

 

Sopran:
Wie soll ich dich, Liebster der Seelen, umfassen?

 

Soprano:
How should I embrace you, most beloved of souls?

 

Bass:
Du musst dich verleugnen und alles verlassen!

 

Bass:
You must deny yourself and forsake everything.

 

Sopran:
Wie soll ich erkennen das ewige Licht?

 

Soprano:
How shall I recognise the everlasting light?

 

Bass:
Erkenne mich gläubig und ärgre dich nicht!

 

Bass:
Recognise me in faith and do not vex yourself!

 

Sopran:
Komm, lehre mich, Heiland, die Erde verschmähen!

 

Soprano:
Come, teach me, saviour, to scorn the earth!

 

Bass:
Komm, Seele, durch Leiden zur Freude zu gehen!

 

Bass:
Come , soul, go forward through suffering to joy!

 

Sopran
Ach, ziehe mich, Liebster, so folg ich dir nach!

 

Soprano:
Ah draw me to you, my beloved, so that I may follow you!

 

Bass:
Dir schenk ich die Krone nach Trübsal und Schmach.

 

Bass:
I bestow on you the crown after trouble and disgrace.

       

This Translation in Interlinear Format

English Translation by Francis Browne (April 2002)

Contributed by Francis Browne (April 2002)

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