|BWV 248III Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen (Weihnachts-Oratorium III)
Third Day of Christmas (St. John, Apostle and Evangelist).
Poet unknown (Picander?); PT (Leipzig, 1734); Facs: Neumann T, p. 451.
2-3 (25-26). Lk. 2:15; 5 (28). Martin Luther, verse 7 of "Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ," 1524 (Wackernagel, III, #9); 7 (30). Lk. 2:16-19; 10 (33). Paul Gerhardt, verse 15 of "Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen," 1653 (Fischer- Tümpel, III, #405); 11 (34). Lk. 2:20; 12 (25). Christoph Runge, verse 4 of "Laßt Furcht und Pein," 1653 (Fischer-Tümpel, III, #514).
27 December 1734, Leipzig; Parody: 1 (24) <--- BWV 214/9; 6 (29) <--- BWV 213/11.
BG 5, 2; NBA II/6.
1 (24). Chorus (S, A, T, B)
Ruler of heaven, give ear to our stammer,
2 (25). Recit. (T) Evangelist
And when the angel went away from them up to heaven, said the shepherds one to another:
3 (26). Chorus (S, A, T, B) The Shepherds
"Let us now go quickly to Bethlehem and this event now witness which hath here taken place, that which the Lord made known to us."
4 (27). Recit. (B)
He brought his people hope,
5 (28). Chorale (S, A, T, B)
This hath he all for us brought forth,
6 (29). Aria (S, B)
Lord, thy mercy, thy forgiveness,
Thy most wonderful affection
Here make thy paternal faith
7 (30). Recit. (T) Evangelist
And they went forth quickly and found there both Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they, however, had ceased their looking, they spread forth the saying which had been told unto them concerning this child. And all to whom it came wondered at the story which had been reported to them by the shepherds. But Mary kept to herself then all these sayings, and she pondered them within her heart.
8 (31). Aria (A)
Keep thou, my heart now, this most blessed wonder
Ever as comfort
Of thy feeble faith abide!
9 (32). Recit. (A)
Oh yes, my heart shall ever cherish
10 (33). Chorale (S, A, T, B)
I will thee steadfastly cherish,
11 (34). Recit. (T) Evangelist
And the shepherds then turned back again, glorifying and praising God for all the things which they had seen and had heard, just as it had been told to them.
12 (35). Chorale (S, A, T, B)
Be glad this while,
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