BWV 100  Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan  III

Unspecified occasion (or For any occasion, Per ogni tempo?, cf. Dürr, p. 639).

The six verses of the hymn by Samuel Rodigast, 1674 (Fischer-Tümpel, IV, #467).

After 1732, Leipzig; again after 1735 (Neumann Hb).

BG 22;  NBA I/34.



1.  Chorus [Verse 1] (S, A, T, B)

What God doth, that is rightly done,
His will is just forever;
Whatever course he sets my life,
I will trust him with calmness.
He is my God,
Who in distress
Knows well how to support me;
So I yield him all power.
 

2.  Aria [Verse 2] (A, T)

What God doth, that is rightly done,
He will not e'er betray me;
He leads me on the proper path,
So I will find contentment
Within his care
And then forbear,
He shall turn my misfortune,
In his hands rests the outcome.
 

3.  Aria [Verse 3] (S)

What God doth, that is rightly done,
He will me well consider;
He doth, my healer, wonders work
And will no poison give me
As healing balm.
God keepeth faith,
I'll make him my foundation
And to his mercy trust me.
 

4.  Aria [Verse 4] (B)

What God doth, that is rightly done,
He is my light, my being,
Who me no evil can allow;
I'll be to him committed
In joy and woe!
The time is nigh
When manifest appeareth
How faithful is his favor.
 

5.  Aria [Verse 5] (A)

What God doth, that is rightly done;
Though I the cup must savor
Soon, bitter to my maddened sense,
I will yet be not frightened,
For at the last
I will find joy
And sweet hope in my bosom;
And yield shall all my sorrow.
 

6.  Chorale [Verse 6] (S, A, T, B)

What God doth, that is rightly done,
To that will I be cleaving.
Though out upon the cruel road
Need, death, and suff'ring drive me,
E'en so God will,
All fatherhood,
Within his arms enfold me;
So I yield him all power.


© Copyright  Z. Philip Ambrose


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