BWV 115 Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit
Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity.
1. Johann Burchard Freystein, verse 1 of the hymn, 1697, to the chorale melody "Straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn" ("Punish me not in thy wrath"), 1681; 2. based on verse 2; 3. based on verses 3-6; 4. the first two lines verbatim, the rest based on verse 7; 5. based on verses 8 and 9; 6. verse 10 of the hymn.
5 November 1724, Leipzig.
BG 24; NBA I/26.
1. Chorus [Verse 1] (S, A, T, B)
Get thyself, my soul, prepared,
2. Aria (A)
Ah slumbering spirit, what? Still at thy rest?
And, if thou not watchest,
In slumber of lasting perdition obscure thee.
3. Recit. (B)
God, who for this thy soul doth watch,
4. Aria (S)
Pray though even now as well,
That thy Judge with thee forbear,
That he thee from sin set free
And unspotted render.
5. Recit. (T)
He yearneth after all our crying
6. Chorale [Verse 10] (S, A, T, B)
Therefore let us ever be
1. These two lines are taken verbatim from verse 7 of the hymn.
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