|BWV 248V Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen (Weihnachts-Oratorium V)
Sunday after New Year's Day.
Poet unknown (Picander?); PT (Leipzig, 1734); Facs: Neumann T, p. 453.
2 (44). Mt. 2:1; 3 (45). Mt. 2:2; 4 (46). Georg Weissel, verse 5 of "Nun, liebe Seel, nun ist es Zeit," 1642 (Fischer-Tümpel, III, #15); 6 (48). Mt. 2:3; 8 (50). Mt. 2:4-6; 11 (53). Johann Franck, verse 9 of "Ihr Gestirn, ihr hohlen Lüfte," 1655 (Fischer-Tümpel, IV, #109).
2 January 1735, Leipzig; Parody: 3 (45) <--- St. Mark Passion, BWV 247/114; 4 (47) <--- BWV 215/7.
BG 5, 2; NBA II/6.
1 (43). Chorus (S, A, T, B)
Glory to thee, God, be sung now,
For our good is thy desire,
Is our ev'ry wish accomplished,
For us thy favor brings such splendid joy.
2 (44). Recit. (T) Evangelist
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the land of Judea in the days when Herod was the king, behold, there came the wise from the East to Jerusalem, who said:
3 (45). Chorus (S, A, T, B) The Wise Men; Recit. (A)
Where doth the newborn babe, the king of the Jews, lie?
He dwells here, mine and his the joy!
We have indeed his star now witnessed where morning riseth(1) and are come now to give him worship.
It is for your salvation risen!
My Savior, thou, thou art that light,
Which to the nations shall shine also,
And they, they do not know thee yet,
As they e'en now would pay thee honor.
How bright, how clear must then thy rays,
Belove'd Jesus, be!
4 (46). Chorale (S, A, T, B)
Thy light all darkness doth consume,
5 (47). Aria (B)
Illumine, too, my gloomy spirit,
In all the works which I shall do;
My soul shall this keep from all wicked endeavor.
6 (48). Recit. (T) Evangelist
And thus when Herod the king had heard this, he trembled, and with him the whole of Jerusalem.
7 (48). Recit. (A)
Wherefore would ye be frightened?
8 (50). Recit. (T) Evangelist
And assembling all the high priests and scribes from amongst the people, did he then inquire of them, where the birth of Christ was supposed to happen. And they said to him: "In Bethlehem in the land of Judea; for even thus is it written by the prophet: 'And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judea art by no means the least among the princes of Judah; for from thee shall to me come the ruler, who shall over my people Israel be master.'"
9 (51). Aria (S, A, T)
Ah, when will that time appear then?
10 (52). Recit. (A)
My dearest ruleth now.
11 (53). Chorale (S, A, T, B)
Though in truth my heart's poor lodging
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