Cedern müssen von den Winden
Oft viel Ungemach emfinden
Oftmals werden sie verkehrt.
Rat und Tat auf Gott gestellet
achtet nicht, was widerbellet
denn sein Wort, ganz anders lehrt.
Even for me as a Native German, the text is difficult to understand, the choice of words is uncommon today, and often the word is bent around for a suitable rhyme.
This much is certain: it is about cedar trees, which are very common in the Middle East, or Israel, but also in this country we have large, old specimens, which I can always only marvel at.
When winds go through the tree, the whole branch trembles. And here, too, one can only marvel at the tremendous tonal language of Bach. The trembling of the branches is unmistakably drawn by the continuous bass line. It is difficult to understand that Bach's authorship was actually doubted. But scholars are now of the opinion that this is probably unlikely.
So many words for a good minute of music ...... have fun with this "NeoBaroque" interpretation!