1. Wake, Awake!

WORDS: Phi­lipp Ni­co­lai (1556-1608). "Wach­et auf, ruft uns die Stim­me." The words may have been in­spired by a 1523 po­em by Nur­em­berg’s Meis­ter­sing­er Lu­ther­an po­et Hans Sachs (1494–1576). They were first pub­lished in Nic­o­lai’s Freu­den­spie­gel des Ewig­en Leb­ens (Joy­ous Mir­ror of Eter­nal Life), 1599.

Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, Ly­ra Ger­ma­ni­ca, sec­ond series (Lon­don: Long­man, Brown, Green, Long­mans and Ro­berts, 1858), pag­es 225–26.

MUSIC: Wach­et auf, Phi­lipp Ni­co­lai, 1599. Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach, 1731. Additionally, the interlude and verse 3 contain portions of Zion hört die Wächter singen from Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme ('Awake, calls the voice to us'), BWV 140, also known as Sleepers Wake, 1731.

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