BWV 97 In allen meinen Taten

Unspecified occasion.

Based on the nine verses of the hymn by Paul Fleming, 1642 (Fischer-Tümpel, I, #439).

1734, Leipzig.

BG 22; NBA I/34.

1. Chorus [Verse 1] (S, A, T, B)

In all my undertakings
I let the Master counsel,
Who all things can and owns;
He must in ev'ry matter,
If it's to be accomplished,
Himself advise and act.

2. Aria [Verse 2] (B)

Nought is too late or early
Despite my toil and labor,
My worry is in vain.
He may with all my dealings
Dispose as he is willing,
I give it to his care.

3. Recit. [Verse 3] (T)

For I can nought accomplish
But what he hath provided,
And what shall make me blest:
I take it as he gives it;
What he of me desireth
Is also what I choose.

4. Aria [Verse 4] (T)

I trust in his dear mercy,
Which me from ev'ry danger,
From ev'ry evil guards.
If I love by his commandments,
There will be nought to harm me,
Nought lacking that I need.

5. Recit. [Verse 5] (A)

May he seek from my error
In mercy to release me,
Extinguish all my wrongs!
He will for my transgressions
Not strict be in his judgment
And yet with me forbear.

6. Aria [Verse 6] (A)

Though I be late retiring,
Arise in early morning,
Rest or continue on,
In weakness and in bondage,
With ev'ry blow about me,
Yet comforts me his word.

7. Aria [Verse 7] (S, B)

For if he hath decided,
Then will I uncomplaining
Unto my fate press on!
No mishap midst the many
Will seem to me too cruel,
I will them overcome.

8. Aria [Verse 8] (S)

To him I am committed
For dying and for living
Whene'er he me doth bid.
If this day or tomorrow
I leave to his attention;
He knows the proper time.

9. Chorale [Verse 9] (S, A, T, B)

To thee be true, O spirit,
And trust in him alone now
Who hath created thee;
Let happen what may happen,
Thy Father who's in heaven
In all things counsels well.

© Copyright Z. Philip Ambrose

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