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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Jesus Lay In The Tomb

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The final chorus of The St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach (with thanks to commenter FreeThinke):

We sit down in tears
And call to thee in the tomb:
Rest softly, softly rest!
Rest, ye exhausted limbs!
Your grave and tombstone
Shall for the unquiet conscience
Be a comfortable pillow
And the soul’s resting place.
In utmost bliss, dear Lord, rest there thine eyes, and sleep.


  1. Beautiful! Thank you for posting this.

  2. Wonderful!

    Have a good Easter, AOW.

  3. Thank you, AOW. This performance was recorded in 1939 just before Europe was engulfed in the flames of war. That makes it especially poignant to me -- almost as though it were an unknowing Farewell to all the courtliness, gallantry, civility and sensitivity that were part of the best the Old World had to offer.

    Jesus, however, is eternal and all-forgiving no matter what hideous travails this material world imposes on itself.

    If Bach's music doesn't inspire deep affection for Jesus nothing else ever could.

    Amazing that this should live on and become available to countless millions through the medium of Cyberspace -- further proof that there is no way Jesus Christ could ever truly die.

    ~ FreeThinke

  4. Happy Easter, Mr and Mrs. AOW :-)


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