Saturday, November 30, 2013

J.S. Bach's Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland Performed by the Arnold Schoenberg Chor & Concentus Musicus Wien Directed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt


For the First Sunday of Advent, for which it was written. "Now come, Savior of the heathens."
    Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,
    Der Jungfrauen Kind erkannt!
    Dass sich wundre alle Welt,
    Gott solch' Geburt ihm bestellt.

    Nicht von Mann's Blut noch von Fleisch,
    Allein von dem Heil'gen Geist
    Ist Gott's Wort worden ein Mensch
    Und blüht ein' Frucht Weibesfleisch.

    Der Jungfrau Leib schwanger ward,
    Doch blieb Keuschheit rein bewahrt,
    Leucht't hervor manch' Tugend schön,
    Gott da war in seinem Thron.

    Er ging aus der Kammer sein,
    Dem kön'glichen Saal so rein,
    Gott von Art und Mensch ein Held,
    Sein'n Weg er zu laufen eilt.

    Sein Lauf kam vom Vater her
    Und kehrt' wieder zum Vater,
    Fuhr hinunter zu der Höll'
    Und wieder zu Gottes Stuhl.

    Der du bist dem Vater gleich,
    Führ' hinaus den Sieg im Fleisch,
    Dass dein' ew'ge Gott'sgewalt
    In uns das krank' Fleisch erhalt'.

    Dein' Krippe glaenzt hell und klar,
    Die Nacht gibt ein neu Licht dar,
    Dunkel mus nicht kommen drein,
    Der Glaub' bleibt immer im Schein.

    Lob sei Gott dem Vater g'tan,
    Lob sei Gott sein'm ein'gen Sohn,
    Lob sei Gott dem Heil'gen Geist
    Immer und in Ewigkeit.
    Now come, Saviour of the gentiles,
    recognised as the child of the Virgin,
    so that all the world is amazed
    God ordained such a birth for him.

    Not from man’s flesh and blood
    but only from the Holy Spirit
    has God’s Word became man
    and flourishes as the fruit of a woman’s body.

    The virgin’s body was pregnant,
    but her chastity remained pure,
    in this way her many virtues shine clearly,
    God was there on his throne.

    He went forth from his chamber,
    from the royal palace so pure,
    by nature God and man, a hero,
    he hastens to run his way.

    His course came from the Father
    and leads back to the Father,
    he went down to Hell
    and back to God’s throne.

    You who are equal to the Father,
    be victorious in the flesh
    so that your eternal divine power
    may support our weak flesh.

    Your crib shines bright and clear,
    in the night there is a new light,
    darkness must not overpower it,
    faith remains always radiant.

    Praise be given to God the Father,
    praise be to God his only Son;
    praise be to god the Holy Ghost
    for ever and always.

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