Er Ist Gekommen is one of four songs presented to Robert Schumann by his wife Clara.
Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (He came in storm and rain)
ihm schlug beklommen mein Herz entgegen. (my anxious heart beat against his.)
Wie konnt' ich ahnen, daß seine Bahnen (how could I have known, that his path)
sich einen sollten meinen Wegen. (should unite itself with mine?)
This setting for SSA choir with Piano accompaniment is an excellent example of the composer's ingenuity, and is a wonderful introduction to Romantic era style and performance practice.