Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Da Jesus an dem Creutze stund/
und ihm sein Leichnam ward verwund/
so gar mit bittern Schmertzen/
die sieben Wort die Jesus sprach/
betracht in deinem Hertzen.


When Jesus hung upon the cross
and his body was wounded
with so much bitter pain,
the seven words that Jesus spoke
contemplate in your heart.

Melody: Anon., 1494 (Vienna manuscript). Issued for Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund – Bonn 1550
(Laurentius von der Mülen)
Text: c.1515, anon. or Johann Böschenstein (1472-1540). Adapted from a medieval precursor

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Played on the organ of Lincoln’s Inn Chapel by William Whitehead