Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden, Versus II

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Composer:Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750), German
First Line:Den Tod, den Tod, den Tod, Nieman zwingen kunnt
Genre:Classical: Baroque, Cantata
Instruments:Voice (SA), Continuo
Submitter:Jennings, James R
Email:jennings_jr (e-mail)
Ziptitle:Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden
This movement is one of 7 movements in the complete work,
and was sequenced by J. R. Jennings in 2006. The continuo
realization is by J. R. Jennings, copyright 2006, and is found
on staves named "Continuo realization Ia", "Continuo realization
Ib", and/or "Continuo realization II". While cantata No. 4 was
probably composed between 1708 and 1724, individual movements
may have been composed in various different years.
English translation by Catherine Winkworth, 1855:
Of the sons of men was none
Who could break the bonds of Death,
Sin this mischief dire had done,
Innocent was none on earth;
Wherefore Death grew strong and bold,
Death would all men captive hold.
English translation by Richard Massie, 1854:
No son of man could conquer death,
such mischief sin had wrought us,
for innocence dwelt not on earth,
and therefore Death had brought us
Into thralldom from of old
and ever grew more strong and bold
and kept us in his bondage.