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Text for Cantata 74
Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, II
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

      
1. CORO
Wer mich liebet,
     Whoever loves me
der wird mein Wort halten,
     he will keep my words,
und mein Vater wird ihn lieben,
     and my Father will love him,
und wir werden zu ihm kommen
     and we will come unto him
und Wohnung bei ihm machen. 
      and make a dwelling place within him.

2. ARIA SOPRANO
Komm, komm, mein Herze steht dir offen,
     Come, come, my heart stands open before you,
ach, laß es deine Wohnung sein!
     ah, let it be your dwelling place!
Ich liebe dich, so muß ich hoffen:
     I love you, so must I hope:
dein Wort trat itzo bei mir ein;
     that your word now enters me;
denn wer dich sucht, fürcht', liebt und ehret,
     for whoever seeks, fears, loves and reveres,
dem ist der Vater zugetan.
     unto him the Father is dedicated.
Ich zweifle nicht, ich bin erhöret,
     I doubt not, I have been answered,
daß ich mich dein getrösten kann.
     that I can console myself.

3. RECITATIVO ALTO
Die Wohnung ist bereit.
     The dwelling place is prepared.
Du findst ein Herz, das dir allein ergeben,
     You find a heart devoted to you alone,
drum laß mich nicht erleben,
     thus let me not undergo
daß du gedenkst, von mir zu gehn.
     that you consider leaving me.
Das laß ich nimmermehr, ach, nimmermehr geschehen!
     Let that never ever, oh, never ever happen to me!

4. ARIA BASSO
Ich gehe hin und komme wieder zu euch.
     I go forth and will return to you.
Hättet ihr mich lieb,
     If you would love me
so würdet ihr euch freuen.
     then would you be glad.

5. ARIA TENORE
Kommt, eilet, stimmet Sait und Lieder
     Come, hasten, tune strings and songs
in muntern und erfreuten Ton.
     in merry and gladdened tones.
Geht er gleich weg, so kömmt er wieder,
     Though he suddenly leaves, still will he return,
der hochgelobte Gottessohn.
     this highly beloved Son of God.
Der Satan wird indes versuchen,
     Satan will meanwhile attempt
den Deinigen gar sehr zu fluchen.
     greatly to curse even those of yours.
Er ist mir hinderlich,
     He is obtrusive to me,
so glaub ich, Herr, an dich.
     thus I believe, Lord, in you.

6. RECITATIVO BASSO
Es ist nichts Verdammliches an denen,
     There is no condemnation for those
die in Christo Jesu sind.
     who are in Christ Jesus.

7. ARIA ALTO
Nichts kann mich erretten
     Nothing can save me
von höllischen Ketten
     from the hellish chains
als, Jesu, dein Blut.
     but, Jesus, your blood.
Dein Leiden, dein Sterben
     Your passion, your dying
macht mich ja zum Erben:
     designate me, yes, as heir:
ich lache der Wut.
     I laugh at wrath.

8. CORALE
Kein Menschenkind hier auf der Erd
     No child of humanity here upon earth
ist dieser edlen Gabe wert,
     is worth this noble gift,
bei uns ist kein Verdienen;
     none among us has earned it;
hier gilt gar nichts als Lieb und Gnad,
     nothing else is valid here but love and grace
die Christus uns verdienet hat
     which Christ has earned for us
mit Büßen und Versühnen.
     with atonement and reconciliation.


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COMPOSED: May 20, 1725 (Leipzig) for Pentecost
LIBRETTIST: Christiane Mariane von Ziegler; Mvt. 1. John 14:23; Mvt. 4. John 14:28; Mvt. 6. Romans 8:1; Mvt. 8. Paul Gerhardt, stanza 2 of Gott Vater, sende deinen Geist (1653)
TRANSLATION: Tobin Schmuck 2012 © Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, NYC
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