|BWV 125 Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
Purification of St. Mary the Virgin (The Presentation of Christ in the Temple).
1. Martin Luther, verse 1 of the hymn (an adaptation of "Nunc dimittis"), 1524 (Wackernagel, III, 25); 3. verse 2 with interpolated recitative; 4-5. based on elements of verse 3; 6. verse 4 of the hymn.
2 February 1725, Leipzig.
BG 26; NBA I/28.
1. Chorus [Verse 1] (S, A, T, B)
In peace and joy do I depart,
2. Aria (A)
I would e'en with my broken vision
Yet shall my heart and hope not fall.
My Jesus cares for me in dying
And shall let me no grief attend.
3. Recit. and Chorale [Verse 2] (B)
O wonder, that one's heart
4. Aria (T, B)
A great mysterious light hath filled the orb of all the earth now.
A word of promise most desired:
In faith shall all be blesséd.
5. Recit. (A)
O unexhausted store of kindness,
6. Chorale [Verse 4] (S, A, T, B)
He is that grace and blessed light,
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