| BWV 71 Gott ist mein König
Inauguration of the New Town Council.
Poet unknown; PT (Mühlhausen, 1708); Facs: Neumann T, p. 384.
1. Ps. 74:12; 2. Johann Heermann, verse 6 of "O Gott, du frommer Gott," 1630 (Fischer-Tümpel, I, #355), with interpolated aria based on 2. Sam. 19:35 and 37; 3. Dt. 33:25 and Gen. 21:22; 4. Ps. 74:16-17; 6. Ps. 74:19.
4 February 1708, Mühlhausen.
BG 18; NBA I/32.
1. Chorus [Dictum]
God is my Sovereign since ancient days, who all salvation brings
which on earth may be found.
2. Aria [Dictum] (T) and Chorale (S)
If I should in this world
My life extend yet longer,
Through countless bitter steps
Into old age advancing,
I would go back there that I die within my own town,
Help me forbear, from sin
And scandal me defend,
So that I may wear well
beside my father's and mine own mother's grave.
With honor my gray hair.
3. Chorus [Dictum] (S, A, T, B)
Thine old age be like to thy childhood, and God is with thee in
every thing thou dost.
4. Arioso [Dictum] (B)
Day and night are thine. Thou makest them both, the sun and the
stars, their own appointed course follow. Thou settest upon every
land its established borders.
5. Aria (A)
With powerful might
6. Chorus [Dictum] (S, A, T, B)
May'st thou wish not to the foe to render the souls of thine own
7. Chorus (S, A, T, B)
This our new government
Joy, health, great victory
1. Emperor (Kaiser) Joseph I (1705-1711).
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