BWV 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich

Unspecified Occasion.

Poet unknown.

2. Ps. 25:1-2; 4. Ps. 25:4; 6. Ps. 25.14.

Date uncertain, perhaps early Weimar period, 1708-1709 (cf. Dürr, p. 628).

BG 30; NBA I/41.


1. Sinfonia

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

For thee, Lord, is my desire. My God, my hope is in thee. Let me not confounded be now, so that all my foes may not triumph over me.

3. Aria (S)

I am and shall be e'er content,
Though here in time may bluster
Cross, storm and other trials,
Death, hell, and what must be.
Though mishap strike thy faithful liege,
Right is and shall be ever right.

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

Lead thou me in thy true pathways and teach thou me; for thou art the God who saves me; daily I await thee.

5. Aria (A, T, B)

Cedars must before the tempest
Oft much stress and torment suffer,
Often are they e'en laid low.
Thought and deed to God entrust ye,
Heeding not what howls against you,
For his word tells otherwise.

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

These mine eyes are looking e'er to the Lord, for he shall pluck my foot from the net's confinement.

7. Chorus (S, A, T, B)

All my days which pass in sadness
Endeth God at last in gladness;
Christians on the thorny pathways
Follow heaven's pow'r and blessing.
May God bide my faithful shield,
May I heed not mankind's spite;
Christ, he who now stands beside us,
Helps me daily win the battle.


© Copyright  Z. Philip Ambrose


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