| BWV 81 Jesus schläft, was soll ich
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.
Poet unknown; PT (Leipzig, 1724); Facs: Neumann T, p. 425.
4. Mt. 8:26; 7. Johann Franck, verse 2 of "Jesu, meine Freude," 1650 (Fischer-Tümpel, IV, #103).
30 January 1724, Leipzig.
BG 20, 1; NBA I/6.
1. Aria (A)
Jesus sleeps, what should my hope be?
With an ashen countenance
Death's abyss e'en now stand open?
2. Recit. (T)
Lord, why dost thou remain so distant?
3. Aria (T)
The foam-crested billows of Belial's(2) waters
4. Arioso [Dictum] (B)
Ye of little faith, wherefore are ye so fearful?
5. Aria (B)
Still, O thou tow'ring sea!
On thee is set thy limit,
So that this mine own chosen child
No mishap e'er may injure.
6. Recit. (A)
I'm blest, my Jesus speaks a word,
7. Chorale (S, A, T, B)
Under thy protection
1. Cf. Ps. 10:1.
2. Belial = Satan.
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