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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Text and Translation of Chorale

EKG: 1
Author: Martin Luther (1524), based on Veni, redemptor gentium (by Saint Ambrose)
Chorale Melody: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland | Composer: Anon

 

Vocal Works by J.S. Bach:

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Type

 

1

BWV 36

Mvt. 2

1731

-

-

-

-

A3:2

Chorale [S, A]

 

6

BWV 36

Mvt. 6

1731

-

-

-

-

A3:6

Chorale [T]

 

8

BWV 36

Mvt. 8

1731

28

264

28

-

F151:1
A3:8

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

1

BWV 61

Mvt. 1

1714

-

-

-

-

A1:1

Chorus (Overture) [S, A, T, B]

 

1

BWV 62

Mvt. 1

1724

-

-

-

-

A2:1

Chorus (Chorale) [S, A, T, B]

 

2-3~

BWV 62

Mvt. 2

1724

-

-

-

-

A2:2

Aria [T]

 

4-5~

BWV 62

Mvt. 3

1724

-

-

-

-

A2:3

Recitative [B]

 

6~

BWV 62

Mvt. 4

1724

-

-

-

-

A2:4

Aria [B]

 

7~

BWV 62

Mvt. 5

1724

-

-

-

-

A2:5

Recitative (Duet) [S, A]

 

8

BWV 62

Mvt. 6

1724

170

265

170

96

A2:6

Chorale (Duet) [S, A, T, B]

 
 
 

German Text (verses in bold print set by Bach)

English Translation

1

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,
Der Jungfrauen Kind erkannt!
Dass sich wundre alle Welt,
Gott solch' Geburt ihm bestellt.

Now come, Saviour of the gentiles,
recognised as the child of the Virgin,
so that all the world is amazed
God ordained such a birth for him.

2

Nicht von Mann's Blut noch von Fleisch,
Allein von dem Heil'gen Geist
Ist Gott's Wort worden ein Mensch
Und blüht ein' Frucht Weibesfleisch.

Not from manís flesh and blood
but only from the Holy Spirit
has Godís Word became man
and flourishes as the fruit of a womanís body.

3

Der Jungfrau Leib schwanger ward,
Doch blieb Keuschheit rein bewahrt,
Leucht't hervor manch' Tugend schön,
Gott da war in seinem Thron.

The virginís body was pregnant,
but her chastity remained pure,
in this way her many virtues shine clearly,
God was there on his throne.

4

Er ging aus der Kammer sein,
Dem kön'glichen Saal so rein,
Gott von Art und Mensch ein Held,
Sein'n Weg er zu laufen eilt.

He went forth from his chamber,
from the royal palace so pure,
by nature God and man, a hero,
he hastens to run his way.

5

Sein Lauf kam vom Vater her
Und kehrt' wieder zum Vater,
Fuhr hinunter zu der Höll'
Und wieder zu Gottes Stuhl.

His course came from the Father
and leads back to the Father,
he went down to Hell
and back to Godís throne.

6

Der du bist dem Vater gleich,
Führ' hinaus den Sieg im Fleisch,
Dass dein' ew'ge Gott'sgewalt
In uns das krank' Fleisch erhalt'.

You who are equal to the Father,
be victorious in the flesh
so that your eternal divine power
may support our weak flesh.

7

Dein' Krippe glaenzt hell und klar,
Die Nacht gibt ein neu Licht dar,
Dunkel mus nicht kommen drein,
Der Glaub' bleibt immer im Schein.

Your crib shines bright and clear,
in the night there is a new light,
darkness must not overpower it,
faith remains always radiant.

8

Lob sei Gott dem Vater g'tan,
Lob sei Gott sein'm ein'gen Sohn,
Lob sei Gott dem Heil'gen Geist
Immer und in Ewigkeit.

Praise be given to God the Father,
praise be to God his only Son;
praise be to god the Holy Ghost
for ever and always.

--

English Translation by Francis Browne (March 2005)
Contributed by Francis Browne (March 2005)

Cantatas BWV 36, BWV 36a, BWV 36b & BWV 36c: Complete Recordings of BWV 36 | Recordings of Individual Movements from BWV 36 | Details of BWV 36a | Recordings of BWV 36b | Recordings of BWV 36c | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2
BWV 36:
German Text | Translations: Dutch-6 | English-1 | English-3 | English-5 | English-6 | French-1 | French-3 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Indonesian | Italian-4 | Russian-1 | Spanish-4

Cantata BWV 61: Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
German Text | German-2 | Translations: Dutch-5 | Dutch-6 | English-1 | English-3 | English-6 | French-3 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Hungarian-1 | Hungarian-2 | Indonesian | Italian-1 | Portuguese-1 | Russian-1 | Spanish-4

Cantata BWV 62: Complete Recordings | Recordings of Individual Movements | Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
German Text | Translations: Dutch | English-1 | English-3 | English-6 | French-3 | French-4 | French-6 | Hebrew-1 | Hebrew-6 | Hungarian-1 | Hungarian-2 | Indonesian | Italian-5 | Russian-1 | Spanish-2

Chorales BWV 250-438
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