My soul, there is a country (Melchior Vulpius)
- (Posted 2020-11-24) CPDL #61652:
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-24). Score information: A4, 1 page, 52 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- (Posted 2020-11-24) CPDL #61651:
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-24). Score information: A4, 1 page, 74 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
First published: 1609
2nd published: 1784 in Vierstimmige Choralgesänge, Teil 1, no. 7
3rd published: 1892 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 39
4th published: 1898 in 389 Choralgesänge, no. 46
Opus: BWV 0281
External websites: https://embassysingers.de/scores/hymns.html
Original text and translations
My soul, there is a country
far beyond the stars,
where stands a wingèd sentry
all skilful in the wars.
There above noise, and danger,
sweet peace sits crowned with smiles,
and One born in a manger
commands the beauteous files.
He is thy gracious Friend,
and – O my soul, awake! –
did in pure love descend,
to die here for thy sake.
If thou canst get but thither,
there grows the flower of peace,
the Rose that cannot wither,
thy fortress and thy ease.
Leave then thy foolish ranges,
for none can thee secure
but one who never changes,
thy God, thy life, thy cure.