Bist Du Bei Mir, BWV 508
from The Anna Magdalena Bach Book
Melody probably by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1690 - 1749), harmonised by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Words unknown

An aria in the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, traditionally attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, but the melody is part of Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel’s opera Diomedes, performed in Bayreuth in 1718, and thought lost until rediscovered in 2000 in Kiev.

The arrangement for choir is by Fergus Black



Forces Required
Soprano and Organ

Bist du bei mir by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Bist du bei mir, geh' ich mit Freuden
zum Sterben und zu meiner Ruh'.
Ach, wie vergnügt wär' so mein Ende,
es drückten deine lieben schönen Hände
mir die getreuen Augen zu!

Translation (can be sung in English)
If you are near,
I can go gladly,
To death and find eternal rest,

Glad I should be to find you near me,
To comfort me when I am dying
To comfort me when death is near.