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Straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn (Umkehrung)

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Uploaded by: AAHunt (12/10/18)
Composer: Aaron Andrew Hunt
Sample Producer: OrganArt Media
Sample Set: 1686/1860 Bosch-F.C. Schnitger, Vollenhove, Netherlands
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Baroque
Here the Chorale tune is turned upside down. In German, this is called "Umkehrung", which means "reversal", a term also used in judicial proceedings when a verdict is overturned (reversed). Since the text of this Chorale is a plea not to punish the sinner, inversion (Umkehrung) of the Choral tune symbolizes reversing judgement, choosing to be merciful.

(composed 09.Dec.2018)

Straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn,
großer Gott verschone;
ach! laß mich nicht sein verlor'n,
nach Verdienst nicht lohne!
hat die Sünd'
Dich entzünd't,
lösch' ab in dem Lamme
Deines Grimmes Flamme.

Here is my attempt at a translation:

Punish me not in Thy wrath,
God Almighty, spare me;
Oh, do not let me become lost,
do not judge me by my merit!
Though my sins
have inflamed Thee,
let the Lamb quell
Thy terrible passion.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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