Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Ach Herr mich armen Sünder/
straf nicht in deinem Zorn/
deinn ernsten Grimm doch linder/
sonst ists mit mir verlohrn/
ach Herr! wollst mir vergeben
mein Sünd und gnädig seyn/
daß ich mag ewig leben/
entfliehn der Höllen-Pein.


Ah Lord, poor sinner that I am,
do not punish me in your wrath
but soften your stern anger
or else I am lost.
Ah Lord! may it be your will to forgive me
my sin and be merciful
that I may live eternally
and escape the pains of hell.

Melody: Contrafactum (for Herzlich tut mich verlangen) of Mein G’müt ist mir verwirret, 1601,
Hans Leo Haßler (1564-1612)
Text: Cyriacus Schneegaß (1546-97) – Erfurt 1597

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