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Church Cantata (No. 31) Bach


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Der Himmel Lacht (The Heavens Laugh)
Relayed from the Guildhall School of Music
THE WIRELESS CHORUS and THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA (Trumpets, Tympani, Oboes, Bassoon and Strings)
THE words of the Cantata are as follows : -
I.-Sonata. II. - Chorus.
The heavens shont, the earth with praise exulteth,
And everything that draweth breath.
The Saviour lives I He now in triumph riseth,
And proud hath hurst the bars of death.
He who within God's acre resteth
The Holy One to heaven now calleth.
III. - Recitative (Bass).
0 longed-for day
Come, spirit, sing with joy!
The First and Last, Beginning and the Ending,
He Whom our heavy guilt did cast to hell's grim keeping,
Today is risen from the tomb !
He Who was dead, behold, now liveth ever!
And, as the head, so liveth everv member. Within His hands He holds .
The keys of death and hell's dark portal. His mantle's folds
Blood red be-dyed and torn with scourging cruel.
Today are decked with victory like a jewel.
IV.- Aria (Bass).
Prince eternal, strong defender, Lord Almighty, God's own Son,
See, Thy cross was but a ladder Set to raise Thee to Thy throne !
Lo, the piercing cords that bound Thee Deck Thee now with glory rare !
E'en the cruel thorns that tore Thee Gems of worth and beauty are!
V. - Recitative (Tenor).
Arouse thee, then, my soul whom Christ delivered!
To Him thy homage pay!
A new life at His service lay!
Flee shun the works of darkness!
Soul, let thy Saviour now above receive thy love and goodness !
Thy conduct, as a vine, see no ill fruit
It beareth,
But e'er that it to heaven its branches reareth !
O Christian, haste, and flee hell's tomb, escape ye!
But leave the stone, thy sin, in darkness wrapped,
Behind thee, and seek for Jesu's self alone!
VI.- Aria (Tenor).
He who would in Christ be living Must himself to God be giving, In Whose image was he made; To the skies his soul upraising, From the tomb of sin escaping, Now God's sign is on him laid.
VII. - Recitative (Soprano).
As members by their head Are guided all and led
So can from Jesus nought divide me, Whatever may betide me,
If I with Him do suffer pain, then He to heaven above will guide me.
Where sits He throned on high, my God my flesh shall see in heaven.
VIII. - Aria (Soprano).
Life's last moment, quickly come !
Close mine eyelids, in death sleeping ! Christ above will on me shine,
With the light on heaven down leaping ! Come, dear angels, take me home !
IX. - Chorale.
My course is set to heaven above To Christ I'd hence betake me. Asleep in Him and in His love, No mortal hand can wake me.
Lord Christ, fair victor in the strife. 'Tis He shall call my soul to life, And bliss eternal grant me !
The words are taken, by permission of Messrs. Constable and Co... from, ' Bach's Cantata Texts, Sacred and Secular,' by C. Sanford


Bass: Keith Falkner
Bass: Leslie Woodgate
Conducted By: Stanford Robinson
Unknown: C. Sanford

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