In peace and joy, BWV 125.6 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-08)  CPDL #56991:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-02-08).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: In peace and joy
Composer: Johann Walter
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyricist: Martin Luther

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredChorale   Meter: 86. 86. 78

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1524
  2nd published: 1878 in Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 26
  3rd published: 1898 in 389 Choralgesänge, no. 251
Opus: BWV 125 , mvt. 6
Description: Winkworth's translation of Luther's hymn "Mit Fried und Freud", set to the music of the final chorale of the cantata, Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 125.

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Original text and translations

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In peace and joy I now depart,
according to God's will,
for full of comfort is my heart,
so calm and sweet and still;
so doth God his promise keep,
and death for me is but a sleep.

'Tis Christ hath wrought this work for me,
thy dear and only son,
whom thou hast suffer'd me to see,
and made him surely known
as my Help when trouble's rife,
and even in death itself my Life.

For thou in mercy unto all
hast set this Saviour forth;
and to his kingdom thou dost call
the nations of the earth
through his blessed wholesome Word,
that now in every place is heard.

He is the heathens' saving Light,
and he will gently lead
those who now know thee not aright,
and in his pastures feed;
while his people's joy he is,
their Sun, their glory, and their bliss.

Translation by Catherine Winkworth