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Zion hört die Wächter singen (Zion hears her watchmen's voices)


Johann Sebastian Bach

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This is the second verse of a Lutheran chorale written by Philipp Nicolai. (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme).


Zion hört die Wächter singen,
Das Herz tut ihr vor Freuden springen,
   Sie wachet und steht eilend auf.
Ihr Freund kommt vom Himmel prächtig,
Von Gnaden stark, von Wahrheit mächtig;
   Ihr Licht wird hell, ihr Stern geht auf.
      Nun komm, du werte Kron,
      Herr Jesu, Gottes Sohn!
      Wir folgen all zum Freudensaal
      Und halten mit das Abendmahl.
Zion hears he watchmen’s voices,
Their gladdening cry her soul rejoices
   The shadows of her night depart.
In his might her Lord appeareth,
His word of grace and truth she heareth,
   The day star riseth in her heart.
      O come, in splendour bright,
      Lord Jesu, Light of Light!
      We follow thee, thy joy to see,
      Where everlasting bliss shall be.


Zion hört die Wächter singen (Zion hears her watchmen's voices)

Zion hört die Wächter singen (Zion hears her watchmen's voices) - 4 part arrangement

Created 07-Sep-13

The next video is so good it just had to be inclued

Bach Cantata BWV 140 by J. S. Bach, it is written to be sung by a tenor voice or by the tenor section of a choir. Choirs tend to perform this in various ways, by selecting another voice, or by having the whole choir sing in unison. The 2nd version here is arranged for a four part choir. While Bach did not intend this, it is good to include it in this collection.
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