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Bach Cantata Translations

BWV 243a - "Magnificat" (E-flat Major)

1. Chor
Magnificat anima mea Dominum.
1. Chorus
My soul magnifies the Lord.
2. Arie S II
Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.
2. Aria S II
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
2a. Chor
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her,
Ich bring euch gute neue Mär;
Der guten Mär bring ich so viel,
Davon ich sing'n und sagen will.

("Vom Himmel hoch," v. 1)
2a. Chorus
From heaven on high I come here,
I bring good news to you;
I bring so much good news
Of which I will sing and speak.

3. Arie S I
Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae.
Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent
3. Aria S I
For He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaiden.
Behold, from henceforth, I will be called blessed
4. Chor
omnes generationes.
4. Chorus
by all generations.
5. Arie B
Quia fecit mihi magna,
qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius.
5. Aria B
For the Mighty One has done
great things for me, and holy is His name.
5a. Chor
Freut euch und jubiliert;
Zu Bethlehem gefunden wird
Das herzeliebe Jesulein,
Das soll euer Freud und Wonne sein.
5a. Chorus
Rejoice and celebrate;
At Bethlehem will be found
The heart’s darling little Jesus,
Who shall be your joy and delight.
6. Arie (Duett) A T
Et misericordia a progenie in progenies,
timentibus eum.
6. Aria (Duet) A T
His mercy is for those who fear Him
from generation to generation.
7. Chor
Fecit potentiam in bracchio suo,
dispersit superbos mente cordis sui.
7. Chor
He has shown strength with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
7a. Chor
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Et in terra pax hominibus, bona voluntas!
(Luke 2:14)
7a. Chorus
Glory to God in the highest! And on earth peace and good will to humankind!
8. Arie T
Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles.
8. Aria T
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.
9. Arie A
Esurientes implevit bonis,
et divites dimisit inanes.
9. Aria A
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
9a. Arie (Duett) SI B
Virga Jesse floruit,
Emmanuel noster apparuit;
Induit carnem hominis,
Fit puer delectabilis;
Alleluja.
9a. Aria (Duet) SI B
The branch of Jesse flowers,
Our Emmanuel appears;
He takes on the flesh of humanity,
Becoming a charming boy;
Alleluia.
10. Terzett SI, SII, A
Suscepit Israel puerum suum
recordatus misericordie suae.
10. Trio SI, SII, A
He has helped His servant Israel
in remembrance of His mercy.
11. Chor
Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros,
Abraham et semini eius in saecula.
11. Chorus
According to the promise He made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to His descendants forever..
12. Chor
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto,
sicut erat in principio
et nunc et in saecula saeculorum,
Amen.
12. Chorus
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and for ever and ever,
Amen.
Luke 1:46-55; "Vom Himmel hoch," v. 1, Martin Luther 1524 (mov't. 2a); Luke 2:14 (mov't. 7a)
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