Zion Hort die Wachter Singen

Cantata BWV 140, Number 4, by J. S. Bach

(See also the hymn which is taken from this cantata: WACHET AUF)

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Zion hört die Wächter singen,                               Zion hears the watchmen singing
Das Herz tut ihr vor Freuden springen,               The maiden’s hearts with joy are springing
Sie wachet und steht eilend auf.                           They wake and quickly to Him go.

Ihr Freund kommt vom Himmel prächtig,            Their Friend comes in Heav’nly splendor
Von Gnaden stark, von Wahrheit mächtig,           With graceful strength, with mercy tender
Ihr Licht wird hell, ihr Stern geht auf.                     Their light is bright, their star doth glow.

Nun komm, du werte Kron,                                     Now come, thou worthy One;
Herr Jesu, Gottes Sohn!                                            Lord Jesus, God’s own Son
Hosianna!                                                                   Hosanna!

Wir folgen all                                                              We follow all
Zum Freudensaal                                                      To that glad hall
Und halten mit das Abendmahl.                             To our Lord’s table we are all called.

 

Choir: Stuttgart Gachinger Kantorei
Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra: Stuttgart Bach Collegium