by Matthew Raley
Here is a bass aria from J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, along with a hearty “Merry Christmas!” from me. The bass is Dietrich Henschel, with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists. The aria’s text in English:
Mighty Lord, O strongest sovereign,
Dearest Savior, O how little
Heedest thou all earthly pomp!
- He who all the world doth keep,
All its pomp and grace hath fashioned,
Must within the hard crib slumber.
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