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Text for Cantata 41  
Jesu, nun sei gepreiset 
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


1. CORO

Jesu, nun sei gepreiset
     Jesus, now be praised
zu diesem neuen Jahr
     at this new year
für dein Güt, uns beweiset
     for your goodness proven to us
in aller Not und G'fahr,
     in every despair and peril,
daß wir haben erlebet
     that we have experienced
die neu fröhliche Zeit,
     the new gladsome time
die voller Gnaden schwebet
     which looms full of grace
und ewger Seligkeit;
     and eternal blessedness,
daß wir in guter Stille
     that we in pleasant quietude
das alt Jahr habn erfüllet.
     have fulfilled the old year.
Wir wolln uns dir ergeben
     We will dedicate ourselves to you
itzund und immerdar,
     now and evermore,
behüte Leib, Seel und Leben
     preserve body, soul and life
hinfort durchs ganze Jahr!
     henceforth through the whole year!
 
2. ARIA SOPRANO
Laß uns, o höchster Gott, das Jahr vollbringen,
     Let us, O God most high, complete this year,
damit das Ende so wie dessen Anfang sei.
     so that the ending be like its beginning.
Es stehe deine Hand uns bei,
     Your hand abides with us,
daß künftig bei des Jahres Schluß
     that ultimately at the year’s close
wir bei des Segens Überfluß
     we, from the abundance of blessing,
wie itzt ein Halleluja singen.
     as now, will sing a Halleluiah.
 
3. RECITATIVO ALTO
Ach! deine Hand, dein Segen muß allein
     Ah! your hand, your blessing alone must
das A und O, der Anfang und das Ende sein.
     be alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.
Das Leben trägest du in deiner Hand,
     You carry life in your hand,
und unsre Tage sind bei dir geschrieben;
     and our days are composed by you;
dein Auge steht auf Stadt und Land;
     your eye abides over city and land;
du zählest unser Wohl
     you number our wellbeing
und kennest unser Leiden,
     and recognize our suffering;
ach! gib von beiden,
     oh! grant of both
was deine Weisheit will,
     what your wisdom will,
worzu dich dein Erbarmen angetrieben.
     that which your mercy compels you.
 
4. ARIA TENORE
Woferne du den edlen Frieden
vor unsern Leib und Stand beschieden,
     In so much as you have granted a noble peace
     to our body and position
so laß der Seele doch dein selig machend Wort.
     so yet leave the soul your holy-making word.
Wenn uns dies Heil begegnet,
     When this salvation encounters us
so sind wir hier gesegnet
     then we are blessed here
und Auserwählte dort!
     and the chosen ones there!
 
5. RECITATIVO BASSO E CORO
Doch weil der Feind bei Tag und Nacht
     Yet since the foe, both day and night,
zu unserm Schaden wacht
     watches for our demise
und unsre Ruhe will verstören,
     and wants to disturb our rest,
so wollest du, o Herze Gott, erhören,
     so will you, O Lord God, hear
wenn wir in heiliger Gemeine beten:
     when we pray in the communion of saints:
den Satan unter unsre Füße treten.
     that we might trample Satan under foot.
So bleiben wir zu deinem Ruhm
     So we remain to your renown
dein auserwähltes Eigentum
     your chosen possession
und können auch nach Kreuz und Leiden
     and can also, after cross and suffering,
zur Herrlichkeit von hinnen scheiden.
     depart from here unto glory.
 
6. CORALE
Dein ist allein die Ehre,
     Yours alone is the honor
dein ist allein der Ruhm;
     yours alone is the glory;
geduld im Kreuz uns lehre,
     teach us patience in the cross,
regier all unser Tun,
     govern all our deeds,
bis wir fröhlich abscheiden
     until we happily depart
ins ewig Himmelreich,
     for the eternal kingdom of heaven,
zu wahrem Fried und Freude,
     into true peace and joy,
den Heilgen Gottes gleich.
     just like a saint of God.
Indes machs mit uns allen
     Meanwhile, do with all of us
nach deinem Wohlgefallen:
     according to your pleasure:
solchs singet heut ohn Scherzen
     such today without frivolity sings
die christgläubige Schar
     the Christ-believing throng
und wünscht mit Mund und Herzen
     and wishes with mouth and heart
ein seligs neues Jahr.
     for a blessed new year.


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COMPOSED: January 1, 1725 (Leipzig) for New Year's Day
LIBRETTIST: unknown; based on the hymn by Johannes Herman (1593)
TRANSLATION: Tobin Schmuck 2012 © Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, NYC
Use by permission only please.  office@bachvespersnyc.org

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