Video: ‘Wachet Auf’ by J.S. Bach

16

August
2010

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.

Text*:

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!
Alleluia!
Prepare to join
The wedding feast,
Go forth to meet him as he comes!

*Translation: Z. Philip Ambrose

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