Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Mag ich Unglück
nicht widerstahn/
muß Ungnad han
der Welt für mein recht Glauben:
So weiß ich doch/
das ist mein Kunst/
Gotts Huld und Gunst
die muß man mir erlauben.
Gott ist nicht weit/
ein kleine Zeit
er sich verbirgt/
biss er erwürgt/
die mich seins Worts berauben.


Though I might not
withstand misfortune,
and suffer the disgrace
of the world for my true faith,
I still know,
this is my strength,
that God’s grace and favour
will be granted to me.
God is not far away,
for a short time
he is hidden,
until he stifles
those who steal his word from me.

Melody: Joseph Klug – Wittenberg 1535
Text: Maria, Queen of Hungary (1505-58)

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The setting of chorale 99 was commissioned by Simon Williams, in memory of his father, Alan Williams and composed by Zsigmond Szathmáry. 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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