Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Gott durch deine Güte/
wollst unsr armen Leute
Hertz/ Sinn und Gemüthe/
für des Teuffels Wüten/
im Leben und im Tod
gnädiglich behüten.

Gottes Sohn ist kommen/
uns allen zu frommen/
hie auf dieser Erden/
in armen Gebehrden/
daß er uns von Sünde/
freyet und entbinde.


God, through your goodness,
may you us poor people
in heart, mind and spirit
against the devil’s rages
in life and in death
mercifully protect.

God’s Son has come
to all us faithful
here on this earth
in lowly form
that he might us from sin
free and unbind.

Melody: Contrafactum of Ave ierarchia celestis et pia (Hohenfurter Liederhandschrift, 1410)
for Menschenkind merk eben (Weiße, Jungbunzlau 1531)
Text: (i) Johann Spangenberg (1484-1550) – Erfurt 1544
(ii) Michael Weiße (c.1488-1534) – Nuremberg 1544 (see Appendix note in print Vol 1 for further info)

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