To Thee, O Lord, I yield my spirit,
Who break'st in love this mortal chain;
My life I but from Thee inherit,
And death becomes my chiefest gain.
In Thee I live, in Thee I die,
Content, for Thou art ever nigh.
Published in 1657 (see above) WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT is also known as NEUMARK. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used the tune in its isorhythmic shape (all equal rhythms) in his cantatas 21, 27, 84, 88, 93, 166, 179, and 197. Many Lutheran composers have also written organ preludes on this tune.
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Display Title: To Thee, O Lord, I yield my spiritFirst Line: To Thee, O Lord, I yield my spiritTune Title: [To Thee, O Lord, I yield my spirit]Author: L. R. Senft von PilsachMeter: 9, 8, 9, 8, 8, 8.Date: 1913Subject: The Last | ; The Last Things | Preparation for Death