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Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht
Text and Translation of Chorale

EKG:
Author: Christian Keymann (1658)

 

Chorale Melody 1: Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht | Composer: Andreas Hammerschmidt (1658)

Vocal Works by J.S. Bach:

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Type

 

5

BWV 70

Mvt. 11

1723

347

243

348

-

A165:11

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

5

BWV 70a

Mvt. 6

1716

-

-

-

-

A4:6

Chorale [Music lost]

 

1

BWV 124

Mvt. 1

1725

-

-

-

-

A30:1

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

 

6

BWV 124

Mvt. 6

1725

-

246

-

-

A30:6

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

6

BWV 154

Mvt. 8

1724

152

244

152

129

A29:8

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

6

BWV 157

Mvt. 5

1727

-

245

-

-

A170:5, B20:5

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

6

BWV 244b

Mvt. 29a

1727?

-

-

247

-

?

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

 

-

BWV 380

-

?

298

242

299

86

F141:1

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

BWV 244b/29a: later replaced with BWV 244/29 O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß
BWV 380: probably from a lost cantata.

 

Chorale Melody 2: Jesus ist mein Aufenthalt | Composer: Anon | Zahn: 3448a

Vocal Works by J.S. Bach:

Ver

Work

Mvt.

Year

Br

RE

KE

Di

BC

Type

 

-

BWV 379

-

?

151

241

151

86

F122.1

Chorale [S, A, T, B]

 

BWV 379: probably from a lost cantata.

 
 

German Text (verses in bold print set by Bach)

English Translation

1

Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht.
Weil er sich für mich gegeben,
So erfordert meine Pflicht,
Klettenweis' an ihm zu kleben;
Er ist meines Lebens Licht;
Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht.

I shall not leave my Jesus.
Since he has given himself on me,
my duty therefore demands
that I should cling to him like a limpet;
he is the light of my life;
I shall not leave my Jesus

2

Jesum laß' ich nimmer nicht,
Weil ich soll auf Erden leben;
Ihm hab' ich voll Zuversicht,
Was ich bin und hab', ergeben;
Alles ist auf ihn gericht't;
Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht.

I shall never leave Jesus,
while I must live on earth;
with confidence I have given to him
what I have and am;
everything is directed towards him:
I shall not leave my Jesus

3

Laß vergehen das Gesicht,
Hören, Schmecken, Fühlen weichen,
Laß das letzte Tageslicht
Mich auf dieser Welt erreichen,
Wenn der Lebensfaden bricht;
Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht.

Let sight pass away
let hearing, taste, sensation fade,
let the last day’s light
of this world reachme,
as the thread of life breaks;
I shall not leave my Jesus.

4

Ich werd' ihn auch laßen nicht,
Wenn ich nun dahin gelanget,
Wo vor seinem Angesicht
Frommer Christen Glaube pranget;
Mich erfreut sein Angesicht;
Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht.

I shall also not leave him,
when I have once reached the place
where before his face
the faith of righteous Christians is resplendent;
his face gives me delight;
I shall not leave my Jesus

5

Nicht nach Welt, nach Himmel nicht
Meine Seele wünscht und sehnet;
Jesum wünscht sie und sein Licht,
Der mich hat mit Gott versöhnet,
Der mich freiet vom Gericht;
Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht.

Not for the world, not for heaven
does my soul wish and long;
its wish is for Jesus and his light,
who has reconciled me with God
who was freed me from the law court;
I shall not leave my Jesus.

6

Jesum laß' ich nicht von mir,
Geh' ihm ewig an der Seiten;
Christus wird mich für und für
Zu dem Lebensbächlein leiten.
Selig, wer mit mir so spricht;
Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht!

I shall not let Jesus go from me,
I shall go along always by his side;
for ever and ever Christ will
lead me to the waters of life.
Blessed is the man who says with me;
I shall not leave my Jesus.

--

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

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