Attempts at 8-bit classic video game soundtracks
This has always been one of my favorite arias from the St. John Passion of J.S. Bach (for biased reasons--the obligato lute accompaniment also works as a prelude à la BWV 999), and all I've done here is consolidate the grand staff of the lute part into guitar notation. The only change I've made to the part is the transposition of one bass note, which is noted in the score. A wonderful performance of the work can be seen here
Betrachte, meine Seel, mit ängstlichem Vergnügen,
Mit bittrer Lust und halb beklemmtem Herzen
Dein höchstes Gut in Jesu Schmerzen,
Wie dir auf Dornen, so ihn stechen,
Die Himmelsschlüsselblumen blühn!
Du kannst viel süße Frucht von seiner Wermut brechen
Drum sieh ohn Unterlass auf ihn!
Contemplate, my soul, with anxious pleasure,
with bitter joy and half-constricted heart,
your highest Good in Jesus' suffering,
how for you, out of the thorns that pierce Him,
the tiny 'keys of Heaven' bloom!
You can pluck much sweet fruit
from his wormwood;
therefore gaze without pause upon Him!