Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Wir Christen-Leut :/:
habn ietzund Freud/
weil uns zu Trost ist Christus Mensch gebohren/
hat uns erlöst/
wer sich des tröst/
und gläubet fest/
soll nicht werden verlohren.


We Christian people :/:
now have joy
for Christ is born man for our consolation
and has redeemed us;
those who find comfort there
and firmly believe
shall not be lost.

Melody: Anon., extant by 1586. First printed by Martin Fritzsch – Dresden 1593 (Gimel Bergen)
Text: Caspar Füger der Ältere (1521-92), extant by 1586

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