Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Christus der uns selig macht/
kein Böß hat begangen/
der ward für uns in der Nacht/
als ein Dieb gefangen/
geführt für gottlose Leut/
und fälschlich verklaget/
verlacht/ verhöhnt und verspeyt/
wie denn die Schrift saget.


Christ, who makes us blessed,
has committed no evil;
he was for us in the night
like a thief arrested,
led before godless people
and falsely accused,
derided, mocked and spat upon,
as the scripture says.

Melody: Contrafactum of Patris sapientia – Passau manuscript c.1492-4. Issued Nuremberg 1510 (Wolffgang Huber)
Text: Michael Weiße (c.1488-1534) – Bohemian Brethren (Jungbunzlau 1531)

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