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

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Composer:Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750), German
Lyricist:Martin Luther
First Line:Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn, an unser Statt ist kommen
Genre:Classical: Baroque, Cantata
Instruments:Violin I, Violin II, Voice (Tenor), 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:
Jesus Christ, God's only Son,
Came at last our foe to smite,
All our sins away hath done,
Done away Death's power and right,
Only the form of Death is left,
Of his sting he is bereft;
English translation by Richard Massie, 1854:
But Jesus Christ, God's only Son,
to our low state descended.
The cause of death He has undone,
his power forever ended,
Ruined all his right and claim
and left him nothing but the name.
His sting is lost forever.