BWV 62 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland II
First Sunday in Advent.
1. Martin Luther, verse 1 of the German adaptation of Veni redemptor gentium, 1524 (Wackernagel, III, #16); 2. based loosely on verses 2-3; 3. based on verses 4-5; 4. based on verse 6; 5. based on verse 7. 6. final verse of the hymn.
3 December 1724, Leipzig; again after 1732.
BG 16; NBA I/1.
1. Chorus [Verse 1] (S, A, T, B)
Now come, the gentiles' Savior,
2. Aria (T)
Admire, all ye people, this mystery's grandeur:
Here for us a manna divine is ordained,
O wonder! Virginity bideth unblemished.
3. Recit. (B)
Now comes from God's great majesty and throne
4. Aria (B)
Fight victorious, hero strong!
Our own power, now so feeble,
Strong to temper.
5. Recit. (S, A)
We honor this great majesty
6. Chorale [Verse 8] (S, A, T, B)
Praise to God, the Father, be,
1. Cf. Ps. 19:5; The man from Judah, should properly be The hero from Judah, if the music allowed.
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