|BWV 121 Christum wir sollen loben schon
Second Day of Christmas (St. Stephen).
1. Martin Luther, verse 1 of the translation of "A solis ortus cardine" (Coelius Sedulius, 5th c.), 1524 (Wackernagel, III, #17ff.); 2-5. based freely on verses 2-7; 6. 8th and final verse of the hymn.
26 December 1724, Leipzig.
BG 26; NBA I/3.
1. Chorus [Verse 1] (S, A, T, B)
To Christ we should sing praises now,
2. Aria (T)
O thou whom God created and extolled,
Though great is he, the maker of all nature,
And though thou art despisÚd and unworthy,
That thou by this be rescued from corruption.
3. Recit. (T)
Of grace which is of boundless nature
4. Aria (B)
Then John's own glad and joyful leaping
So would my heart escape this world
And to thy manger press with fervor.
5. Recit. (S)
But how doth it regard thee in thy manger?
6. Chorus [Verse 8] (S, A, T, B)
Laud, praise, and thanks to thee be told
2. OP and BG have la▀ ich. Translate
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