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Be Thou With Them



Full Title Be thou with them by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Notes This is clever; the music is "If thou are near" - Bist du bei mir, a well known song by Bach, but with new words, appropriate for a wedding. 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.

Duration to follow

Performers required Singer and Organ. I have made an arrangement for choir.

Source of published music to follow

Text
Be thou with them, dear Lord and Father,
their lives and souls dost thou unite. 
O how blest are they, thy children,
when in thy spirit, living, moving, 
they grow in love before thy sight.

© Fergus Black

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