Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

O Lamm Gottes unschuldig/
am Stamm des Creutzes geschlachtet :/:
Allzeit gefunden* gedultig/
wiewohl du warest verachtet/
all Sünd hast du getragen/
sonst müsten wir verzagen/
erbarm dich unser/ O Jesu.



O Lamb of God innocently
slain on the cross’s trunk,
always found patient
even though you were despised;
all sins have you carried
otherwise we should have despaired;
have mercy upon us, O Jesu.

Melody and text: 1522-3, Nikolaus Decius (c.1485-1541/46). Text issued in Rostock Liederbuch 1531 (& 1529?).
North German (Ob) form of melody – Wittenberg 1545 (Johann Spangenburg)

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