BWV 80a Alles, was von Gott geboren

Oculi (Third Sunday in Lent).

Salomo Franck, Evangelisches Andachts-Opffer ... in geistlichen Cantaten, (Weimar, 1715); Facs: Neumann T, p. 278.

6. Martin Luther, verse 2 of "Ein feste Burg" (Wackernagel, I, #210).

24 March 1715, Weimar; Parody: ---> BWV 80/2, 3, 4, 6, 7.

NBA I/8, Krit. Bericht.

1. Aria

All that which of God is fathered(1)
Is for victory intended.
What by Christ's own bloodstained flag
In baptism hath been promised
Wins in Christ for evermore.

2. Recit.

Consider well,
O child of God, this love so mighty,
Which Jesus hath
In his own blood for thee now written;
By which he hath
For war opposing Satan's host, opposing world and error,
Enlisted thee!
Yield not within thy spirit
To Satan and his viciousness!
Let not thy heart
Which is on earth God's heav'nly kingdom,
Become a wasteland!
Confess thy guilt with grief and pain,
That Christ's own soul to thine be firm united!

3. Aria

Come in my heart's abode,
Lord Jesus, my desiring!

    Drive world and Satan out,
    And let thine image find in me new glory!
    Hence, prideful cloud of sin!

4. Recit.

So stand then under Christ's own bloodstained flag and banner,
O spirit, firm!
And trust that this thy head betrays thee not;
His victory
E'en thee the way to gain thy crown prepareth!
March gladly on to war!
If thou but God's own word
Obey as well as hearken,
Then shall the foe be forced to leave the battle;
Thy Savior is thy shield.

5. Aria

How blessed are the limbs which, Jesus, thee have carried? (sic, PT)
More blessed still the heart that thee in faith doth bear!
Unconquered it abides, can deal the foe destruction,
And shall at last be crowned when it shall death defeat.

6. Chorale

With our own might is nothing done,
We face so soon destruction.
He strives for us, the righteous man,
Whom God himself hath chosen.
Ask thou who he is?
His name: Jesus Christ,
The Lord of Sabaoth,
There is no other god,
The field is his forever.

1. Cf. 1 Jn. 5:4.

© Copyright Z. Philip Ambrose

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