Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):
Wo Gott zum Hauß nicht giebt sein Gunst/
so arbeitt iedermann umsonst/
wo Gott die Stadt nicht selbst bewacht/
so ist umsonst der Wächter Wacht.
If God does not give his favour to the house,
then everyone works for nothing.
If God himself does not guard the city,
then is the guardian’s watch for nothing.
The Print Collection
The setting of chorale 88 was commissioned by St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and composed by Robert Saxton. Volume 4 was published in 2017 by Edition Peters. Copies may still be available via their website. The Orgelbüchlein Project plans to publish a revised Volume 4 in due course.
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