Video: ‘Wachet Auf’ by J.S. Bach



One of my all-time favorite pieces of music—the first movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140.


Wake, arise, the voices call us
Of watchmen from the lofty tower;
Arise, thou town Jerusalem!
Midnight’s hour doth give its summons;
They call to us with ringing voices;
Where are ye prudent virgins now?
Make haste, the bridegroom comes;
Rise up and take your lamps!
Prepare to join
The wedding feast,
Go forth to meet him as he comes!

*Translation: Z. Philip Ambrose

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