|BWV 197 Gott ist unsre Zuversicht
5. Martin Luther, verse 3 of "Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist," 1524 (Wackernagel, I, #208); 10. adaptation of Georg Neumark, verse 7 of "Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten," (Fischer-Tümpel, IV, #365).
After 1735 (so Dürr), ca. 1742 (so Neumann), Leipzig; Parody: 6, 8 ← BWV 197a/4, 6.
BG 13, 1; NBA I/33.
God is our true confidence,
When he doth our heart command,
There is blessing everlasting.
2. Recit. (B)
God is and bides the best provider,
3. Aria (A)
Lull to sleep all care and sorrow,
Serving as our guiding star,
Will then all, themselves, provide us.
4. Recit. (B)So follow God and his persuasion.
That is the proper course.
It leads through danger’s path
E’en finally to Canaan
And through the love which he hath tested
E’en to his holy altar, too,
And bindeth heart and heart together;
Lord, be thyself in these warm passions!
5. Chorale (S,A,T,B)
Thou love so sweet, give us thy good will,
Let us feel deeply the fire of love,
So that we sincerely may love each other
And in peace be of one mind forever.
6. Aria (B)
O thou charming bridal pair,
7. Recit. (S)
Just as God hath towards thee
8. Aria (S)
Amusement and mirth,
Shall ever its share
Of sweet satisfaction be given.
9. Recit. (B)And this thy happy course of life
Shall till thy latter years continue.
For God’s great kindness hath no end;
It gives thee much,
Yea, more than e’en the heart itself could hope for.
Thou ought on this now rest assured.
10. Chorale (S,A,T,B)
So journey glad on God’s true pathways,
And what ye do, that do in faith!
Deserve ye from your God his blessing,
For it is every morning new:
For he who doth his confidence
Place in God, him he’ll not forsake.
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