| BWV 169 Gott soll allein mein Herze haben
Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.
7. Martin Luther, verse 3 of "Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist," 1524 (Wackernagel, I, #208).
20 October 1726, Leipzig; Parody: 1, 5 &← Harpsichord Concerto in E Major, BWV 1053.
BG 33; NBA I/24.
2. Arioso and Recit. (A)
God all alone my heart shall master.
3. Aria (A)
God all alone my heart shall master,
And shall, when I have come to bliss,
With treasures of his house refresh me.
4. Recit. (A)
What is the love of God, then?
5. Aria (A)Die in me,
World and all of thine affections,
That my breast,
While on earth yet, more and more
Here the love of God may practise;
Die in me,
Pomp and wealth and outward show,
Ye corrupted carnal urges!
6. Recit. (A)
This means that ye must too
Be to your neighbor true!
For so it stands in Scripture written:
Thou shalt love God and neighbor also.
7. Chorale (S,A,T,B)
Thou love so tender, give to us thy grace,
Let us perceive here the fire of love,
That we may sincerely love one another
And in peace and of one mind be ever.
1. Cf. 2 Kg. 2:11 and Lk. 16:22.
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