Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Der Tag der ist so freudenreich/
aller Creature/
den[n] Gottes Sohn vom Himmelreich/
über die Nature/
von einer Jungfrau ist gebohrn/
Maria du bist auserkohrn/
daß du Mutter wärest.
Was geschah so wunderlich/
Gottes Sohn vom Himmelreich/
der ist Mensch gebohren.


The day is so full of joy
for all creatures.
For God’s Son from the kingdom of heaven,
beyond nature,
is born of a virgin.
Mary you are chosen
to be the mother.
Was anything so wonderful?
God’s Son from the kingdom of heaven
is born man.

Melody: Paraphrase of Dies est laetitiae, Joseph Klug, c.1528 – Wittenberg 1533
Text: Anon. 15th century

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