389 Choralgesänge “Chorale Harmonizations”, Part 1 – Bach (Score)


Ah, stay with us, Lord Jesus Christ,
since evening has now come, your divine word, the clear light,
do not allow to be put out amongst us. Ah, my Lord and God,
how great and heavy
are the sins I have committed! There is nobody
who can help me
to be found in this world. If it indeed must be
that punishment and pain
must follow sin, then here continue [to treat me in this way]
and there take care of me
and here let me do penance. Behold, dear God, how my enemies,
with whom I must continually struggle, are so cunning and powerful
that they easily overpower me! Lord, unless your grace sustains me,
the devil, flesh and world can
easily plunge me in sin (misfortune). You alone, Lord Jesus, put Yourself
as a model of true love: grant me that by imitating it,
I can practice my love of neighbours. and that in everything that I can do
could I show true fidelity to all,
as I wish. May you , God, keep pure that [Word]
in the face of this evil generation that we may entrust ourselves to you,
so that nothing in us may twist it. The godless crowd surounds us
where such mischievous characters
are exalted among your people. Ah God, how many a heartache
I meet with in this time! The narrow way is full of affliction
by which I must travel to heaven. Keep my heart pure in faith
so I may live and die for you alone. Jesus, my comfort, hear my desire,
o my Saviour , I want to be with you. Therefore I want, while I still live,
to bear the cross joyfully after you; my God, make me ready to do this,
it is always for the best! Help me to deal rightly with my situation
so that I can accomplish my course, help me also to master my flesh and blood,
protect me from sin and shame! Keep my heart pure in faith
so I may live and die for you alone. Jesus, my comfort, hear my desire,
o my Saviour , I want to be with you.