Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Jesu meine Freude/
meines Hertzens Weide/
Jesu meine Zier/
ach wie lang ach lange/
ist dem Hertzen bange/
und verlangt nach dir/
Gottes Lamm mein Bräutigam/
ausser dir soll mir auf Erden/
nichts sonst liebers werden.


Jesu, my joy,
meadow of my heart;
Jesu my jewel,
ah how long, ah long
is my heart afraid
and longing for you.
God’s lamb, my bridegroom,
there shall be for me on earth
nothing dearer than you.

Melody: Johann Crüger (1598-1662) – Praxis pietatis, Berlin 1653
Text: 1653, Johann Franck (1618-77). Parody of Christoph Kaldenbach’s Flora, meine Freude
(1641, published in Heinrich Albert, Arien Teil IV, Königsberg 1645)

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