Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Weltlich Ehr und zeitlich Gut/
Wollust und alle Übermuth/
ist eben wie ein Graß/
aller Pracht und stoltzer Ruhm
zerfällt wie ein Wiesen-Blum/
O Mensch/ bedenck eben das/
und versorge dich noch baß.


Worldy honour and ephemeral goods,
lust and all presumptuous pride,
are exactly like a blade of grass.
Pride of glory and of fame
fall apart like a meadow flower.
O man, think on this,
and be nourished by the more profound.

Melody: Vögelin – Leipzig 1563, adapted Melchior Vulpius, 1604
Text: Michael Weiße (c.1488-1534)

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The setting of chorale 92 was commissioned by Peter McGeary and composed by Nico Muhly. 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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