BWV 174 Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte

Second Day of Pentecost.

Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander), Ernst-Schertzhaffte und Satyrische Gedichte, Teil III .(Leipzig, 1732); Facs: Neumann T, p. 341.

5. Martin Schalling, verse 1 of the hymn, 1571 (Wackernagel, IV, #1174.

6 June 1729, Leipzig; Parody: 1 <--- Brandenburg Concerto III, BWV 1048/1.

BG 35; NA I/14.



1. Sinfonia

2. Aria (A)

I love the Almighty with all of my spirit,
He holds me, too, exceeding dear.

    God alone
    Shall all souls' true treasure be,
    Where I have forever a wellspring of kindness.

3. Recit. (T)

What love this, which to none is like!
O what a priceless ransom this!
The Father hath his child's own life now
For sinners up to death delivered
And all those who did paradise
Make light of and then lost it
To blessedness elected.
For so hath God the world now loved!(1)
My heart, remember this
And in these words receive thy comfort;
Before this mighty banner's sign
Now tremble even hell's own portals.

4. Aria (B)

Take it now,
Clasp your hope, ye hands which trust him!

    Jesus gives his paradise
    And requires but this of you:
    Keep your faith until the finish!

5. Chorale (S, A, T, B)

My heart doth love thee so, O Lord.
I pray, stand not from me afar
With thy support and mercy.
The whole world gives not joy to me,
For sky and earth my quest is not,
If I can only have thee.
And even if my heart should break,
Yet thou art still my confidence,
My Savior and my heart's true hope,
Who me through his blood hath redeemed.
Lord Jesus Christ,
My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
To scorn now put me nevermore!



1. Jn. 3:16.


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