BWV 131 Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir

Unspecified Occasion.

Perhaps by Georg Christian Eilmar.

1. Ps. 130:1-2; 2. Ps. 130:3-4 and Bartholomäus Ringwaldt, verse 2 of "Herr Jesus Christ, du höchstes Gut," 1582 (Wackernagel, IV, #1523); 3. Ps. 13:5; 4. Ps. 130:6 and Ringwaldt, verse 5 of the hymn; 5. Ps. 130:7-8.

1707-1708, Mühlhausen.

BG 28; NBA I/34.


1. Chorus [Dictum] (S, A, T, B)

From the depths now do(1) call, Lord, to thee. Lord, hear my voice's crying, and let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaining.

2. Arioso [Dictum] (B) and Chorale (S)

(B)
If thou willt, Lord, mark what is sinful, Lord, who will abide it?

(S)
Have mercy on me in such grief,
Remove it from my bosom,
Because thou hast now paid for it
On wood with pains of dying,

(B)
For with thee there is forgiveness, that we might fear thee.

(S)
So that I might with grievous woe
Within my sinful state not die,
Nor give up hope forever.

3. Chorus [Dictum] (S, A, T, B)

I wait for the Lord, this my spirit waiteth, and I put trust in his word.

4. Aria (T) and Choral (A)

(T)
This my spirit waiteth for the Lord before one morning watch until the next watch.

(A)
Especially that in my heart,
As I have long lamented,
I, too, an anxious sinner am,
Who is by conscience rankled,
And would so glad within thy blood
From sinfulness be washed and pure
Like David and Manasseh.(2)

5. Chorus [Dictum] (S, A, T, B)

Israel, trust now in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and much redemption with him.
And he shall Israel deliver from all of his transgressions.


1. With ruf' ich omit "do."

2. Cf. 2 Sam. 12:13 and 2 Chr. 33:13.


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