BWV 129 Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott


Johann Olearius, the five verses of the hymn, 1665 (Fischer-Tümpel, IV, #398).

16 June 1726 or 8 June 1727, Leipzig.

BG 26; NBA I/15.

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

Give honor to the Lord,
My God, my light, my being,
My maker, who hath me
My soul and body given,
My Father, who hath kept
Me since my mother's womb,
Who every moment hath
Much good for me fulfilled.

2. Aria [Verse 2] (B)

Give honor to the Lord,
My God, my health, my being,
The Father's dearest Son,
Himself for me hath given,
Himself hath me redeemed
With his own precious blood,
Who me through faith doth give
Himself, the highest good.

3. Aria [Verse 3] (S)

Give honor to the Lord,
My God, my hope, my being,
The Father's Holy Ghost,
Whom me the Son hath given,
Who doth my heart restore,
Who me doth give new strength,
Who me in all distress
Word, hope and help provides.

4. Aria [Verse 4] (A)

Give honor to the Lord,
My God, who always liveth,
Whom all things honor which
In every sphere now hover;
Give honor to the Lord,
Whose name is holy called,
God Father, God the Son
And God the Holy Ghost.

5. Choral [Verse 5] (S, A, T, B)

Whom we that "Holy" now
With gladness make to echo
And with the angels' host
Are "Holy, Holy" singing,
Whom deeply laud and praise
Doth all Christianity:
Give honor to my God
For all eternity!

© Copyright  Z. Philip Ambrose

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