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O Man, Thy Grievous Sin Bemoan (BWV 402)

Setting by Johann Sebastian Bach

“O Man, Thy Grievous Sin Bemoan” (O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross), text by Sebald Heyden (c. 1530). Tune (Es sind doch selig alle, die im rechten Glauben wandeln) by Matthias Greitter (1525). Chorale setting by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 402). Homophonic, SATB.
Recording of stanzas 1 and 23. Soprano: Anna Hahn, Alto: Hannah Engwall, Tenor: Andrew Richard, Bass: Nathanael Hahn. January 2023.

Note: The original hymn is 23 stanzas long and is largely a detailed retelling of the Passion narrative. You can read the full text of the hymn, translated by Rev. Christopher J. Neuendorf, at this link. Given the difficulty of excerpting stanzas from the narrative portion of the hymn, we have only included here the first and last stanzas. The first stanza would fit well before the Passion reading on Good Friday and the last stanza would fit well after the sermon.

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