Ah Lord when my last end is come, BWV 245.40 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2002-05-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 29 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English language only.

General Information

Title: Ah Lord when my last end is come
Composer: Anonymous
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricist: Martin Schalling

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredChorale   Meter: 88. 88. 87

Language: English

First published: 1577 in Straßburg
    2nd published: 1863 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 12.1
Opus: BWV 245 , mvt. 40
Description: The chorale Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein from Johannespassion, BWV 245, with words translated into English; translator unknown.

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Original text and translations

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Ah! Lord, when my last end is come,
bid angels bear my spirit home
To Abraham's bosom going;
My flesh, laid in the quiet tomb,
shall sleep until the day of doom,
Nor pain nor sorrow knowing.

Then, waking from that dark abode,
mine eyes shall see Thee face to face
In boundless joy, O Son of God,
My Savior and my Throne of Grace.
Lord Jesus Christ, give ear to me,
who bring unending praise to Thee.