Christopher Parkening

Cantata 208: Sheep May Safely Graze

Here are the lyrics for the first verse in English:

Sheep may safely graze
Whilst the shepherd is watching.
Where the wise and good rule
Peace will also reign there
And there will be peace throughout the world.

Someone who knows German might be able to find it better on Google.

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Thanks to Holly H Perry for submitting the lyrics.

3 Reviews/Comments for Christopher Parkening Cantata 208: Sheep May Safely Graze Skip to latest

  • Alvin says

    If Bach's lyrics for Sheep May Safely Graze are not copyrighted, where may I get a copy?
    Thank you

    posted 19 December 2009 - Report

  • Lynn says

    Do the lyrics come from some place in the Bible? I looked in my Bible concordance, but couldn't find it. Just curious - such beautiful and meaningful words. I would sure like to look it up.

    posted 30 March 2010 - Report

  • Ben says

    Bach wrote the lyrics himself. They refer not to God (though the parallel is obvious), but to a Duke, who this piece of music was written for. You can find a nice karaoke version at


    posted 06 July 2010 - Report

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