Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Das alte Jahr vergangen ist :|:
wir dancken dir Herr Jesu Christ/
daß du uns in so grosser Gefahr*/
|: so gnädiglich behüt diß Jahr. : |

* Both Vopelius & Witt have one syllable, ‘G’fahr’


The old year has passed;
we thank you, Lord Jesus Christ,
that us in such great danger
you have graciously protected this year.


Melody: Johann Steurlein (1546-1613) for Gott Vater, der du deine Sonn – Erfurt 1588,
adapted for Das alte Jahr – Eisleben 1598
Text: either (a) Anon. – Nuremberg 1568, with verses 3-6 added by Johann Steurlein, 1577
or (b) Jakob Tapp (?-1630) (see Appendix note in print Vol 1)

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