Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-03)  CPDL #59013:     
Editor: Gary D. Cannon (submitted 2020-06-03).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Instrumental part for continuo cello.
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Edition notes: Unrealized figured bass part prepared by the contributor for his own use. Others may find it useful.
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General Information

Title: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricist: Paul Thymich

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1892 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 39
Opus: BWV 229
Description: Optional continuo accompaniment (organ, string bass).

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

1. Komm, Jesu, komm, mein Leib ist müde.
Die Kraft verschwind't je mehr und mehr,
ich sehne mich nach deinem Friede;
der saure Weg wird mir zu schwer!

Komm, komm, ich will mich dir ergeben.
Du bist der rechte Weg, die Wahrheit und das Leben.

2. Drum schließ ich mich in deine Hände
und sage: Welt, zu guter Nacht!
Eilt gleich mein Lebenslauf zu Ende,
ist doch der Geist wohl angebracht.
Er soll bei seinem Schöpfer schweben,
weil Jesus ist und bleibt
der wahre Weg zum Leben.

English.png English translation

1. Come, Jesus, come, my body is weary.
My strength fails more and more,
I long for your peace;
the bitter path becomes too hard.

Come, come, I will yield to You;
You are the right path, the truth and the life.

2. So I give myself into Your hands
and say: World, good night!
Just as my life’s course is hurrying towards its end,
the spirit is opportunely healthy.
It hovers next to its creator,
as Jesus is and remains
the true way to life.