Wedding Music

Sehet in Zufriedenheit

May the Father's Boundless Love by

Your guests will be dancing as they listen to this Gavotte from Bach's Wedding Cantata

Full Title Sehet in Zufriedenheit (from the Wedding Cantata BWV 202, Weichet Nur) – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Notes May the Father's Boundless Love, Weichet Nur. This gavotta - the ninth and final movement of Bach's Wedding Cantata BWV 202, Sehet in Zufriedenheit - has the character of a light dance, and toes will tap.

Duration 1min 20seconds

Performers required

  • Soprano with organ or piano

Source of printed music You will need a vocal score of the cantata, online there is a scan here, pages 21 and 22.

start at 17'55"

May the Father's boundless love,
and the grace of Christ our Saviour,
rest upon us from above
with the Holy Spirit's favour.

With each other and the Lord
may this pair abide in union.
Joys which earth cannot afford
may they share in sweet communion.

Words by John Newton (adapted)

Original text

Sehet in Zufriedenheit
Tausend helle Wohlfahrtstage,
Dass bald bei der Folgezeit
Eure Liebe Blumen trage!

See in contentment
a thousand bright and prosperous days,
so that soon as time passes
your love may bear its flower!

© Fergus Black

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