BWV 137 Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.

Joachim Neander, the five verses of the hymn, 1680.

19 August 1725, Leipzig.

BG 28; NBA I/20.

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

Praise the Almighty, the powerful king of all honor,
O thou my spirit belovéd, that is my desire.
Come ye in throngs,
Psalt'ry and lyre, awake!
Let now the music be sounding.

2. Aria [Verse 2] (A)

Praise the Almighty, who all things so gloriously ruleth,
Who upon pinions of eagles to safety doth lead thee;
He thee protects
As even thee it will please;
Hast thou of this no perception?

3. Aria [Verse 3] (S, B)

Praise the Almighty, who doth with his splendor adorn thee,
Who hath thy health given to thee, and kindly doth guide thee;
In what great need
Hath not the merciful God
Over thee his wings extended?

4. Aria [Verse 4] (T) with Instrum. Chorale

Praise the Almighty, who thine estate clearly hath favored,
Who doth from heaven with streams of his love blessing shower;
Think now on this,
What the Almighty can do,
Who with his love now hath met thee.

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

Praise the Almighty, all that's in me, give his name honor.
All things that breath possess, praise him with Abraham's children!
He is thy light,
Spirit, yea, this forget not;
Praising him, close thou with amen!

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