|BWV 248IV Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben (Weihnachts-Oratorium IV)
New Year's Day (Feast of the Circumcision).
Poet unknown (Picander?); PT (Leipzig, 1734); Facs: Neumann T, p. 452.
2 (37). Lk. 2:21; 3 and 5 (38 and 40). Johann Rist, the second half of verse 1 of "Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben," 1642 (Fischer-Tümpel, II, #206); 7 (42). Johann Rist, verse 15 of "Hilf, Herr Jesu, laß gelingen," 1642 (Fischer-Tümpel, II, #194).
1 January 1735, Leipzig; Parody: 1, 4, 6 <--- BWV 213/1, 5, 7.
BG 5, 2; NBA II/6.
1 (36). Chorus (S, A, T, B)
Fall and thank him, fall and praise him
Will of earth the
Savior and Redeemer be now,
God's own Son
Stems our foe's great wrath and fury.
2 (37). Recit. (T) Evangelist
And when eight days were accomplished that the child be circumcised, was his name then called Jesus, which was so named by the angel, before he was conceived within his mother's womb.
3 (38). Recit. (B) and Chorale (S)
Immanuel, O sweetest word!
Of my soul the bridegroom true,
Come! I would now with joy embrace thee,
My heart shall nevermore release thee,
To the bitter cross's tree!
Ah! Take me to thyself!
E'en in my dying shalt thou my
Most cherished treasure be;
In need, in dread and sore distress
I'll look and yearn for thee.
What cruelty at last can death then hound me with?
My Jesus! When I die here,
I know that I shall never perish.
Thy name is written deep within me,
It hath the fear of death now banished.
4 (39). Aria (S)
Doth, my Savior, doth thy name have
5 (40). Recit. (B) and Chorale (S)
O joy, thy name shall now alone
6 (41). Aria (T)
I would but for thine honor live now;
Thy mercy worthily
And with gratitude to honor!
7 (42). Chorale (S, A, T, B)
Jesus order my beginning,
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