Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Ich ruf zu dir/ Herr Jesu Christ/
ich bitt/ erhör mein Klagen:
Verleih mir Gnad zu dieser Frist/
lass mich doch nicht verzagen/
den rechten Weg/ O Herr/ ich meyn/
den wollest du mir geben/ dir zu leben/
mein’n Nechsten nütz zu seyn/
dein Wort zu halten eben.


I call to you, Lord Jesus Christ,
I ask, hear my complaint:
grant me grace at this time,
let me not despair.
I love the true path, O Lord,
may you give it to me, to live for you,
to be of use to my neighbour,
to keep your word exactly.

Melody: Joseph Klug – Wittenberg 1533
Text: Johann Agricola (c.1494-1566) – Hagenau 1526/27

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The Print Collection

Volume 4 was published in 2017 by Edition Peters. Copies may still be available via their website. J S Bach’s setting of this chorale will be part of our revised Volume 4 which we plan to publish in due course.

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