BWV 228 Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir

Possibly for the Funeral of Susanna Sophia Winckler, née Packbusch.

Is. 41:10 and 43:1; Paul Gerhardt, verse 11 and 12 of "Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen," 1653 (Fischer-Tümpel, III, #426).

Possibly 4 February 1726, or between 1723 and 1734, Leipzig.

BG 39; NBA III/1.

Chorus I (S, A, T, B), Chorus II (S, A, T, B)

[Is. 41:10] (Chorus I, Chorus II)

Fear have thou none, I am with thee; waver not, for I am thy God! I strengthen thee, I also help thee, I uphold thee, yea, through the right hand of mine own righteousness.

[Is. 43:1] (Chorus I and II: A, T, B)

Fear have thou none, for I have now thee delivered, I have thee by thy name now called and summoned, thou art mine!

Chorale (Chorus I and II: S)

Shepherd, Lord, fount of all pleasure,
Thou art mine, I am thine,
No one can divide us.
I am thine, for thou thy life didst
And thy blood for my good
Unto death surrendered.

Thou art mine, for I shall clasp thee
And shall not, O my light,
From my heart release thee.
Let me, let me hither journey
Where thou me and I thee
Fondly be embracing.

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