|BWV 126 Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort
1. Martin Luther, verse 1 of the hymn, 1542 (Wackernagel, III, #44ff.); 2. based on verse 2; 3. verse 3 with interpolated recitative; 4-5. based on two supplemental verses to Luther's hymn by Justus Jonas (1493-1555), "Ihr Anschläg, Herr" and "So werden sie"; 6. Martin Luther, German version of "Da pacem Domine," 1529 (Wackernagel, III, #35ff.), with its traditional supplementary verse by Johann Walter, 1566 (after 1 Tim. 2:2).
4 February 1725, Leipzig.
BG 26; NBA I/7, 157.
1. Chorus [Verse 1] (S, A, T, B)
Maintain us, Lord, within thy word,
2. Aria (T)
Send down thy great strength from heaven,
And the foe's most bitter scorn
In an instant far to scatter!
3. Recit. and Chorale [Verse 3] (A, T)
God, Holy Ghost, dear comforter;
Thy people make of one mind on earth,
Stand by us in extremity!
Lead us to life and free from death!
4. Aria (B)
Crash down in ruin, arrogant bombast!
Fend off the raging of the foe's might,
Let their desires ne'er find satisfaction!
5. Recit. (T)
Thus will thy word and truth be manifest
6. Chorale (S, A, T, B)
Grant to us peace most graciously,
Give to our lords and all authority
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