Befiehl du deine Wege
"Befiehl du deine Wege" is a Lutheran hymn by Paul Gerhardt. It is one of his best known hymns, and was first published in 1653 in Johann Crüger's collection of hymns and popular religious songs Praxis pietatis melica.
Melody and use
The hymn is in both the standard Lutheran and Catholic German hymnbooks.
Hassler hymn tune
Gesius hymn tune
"Befiehl du deine Wege" is also sung to a tune published by Bartholomäus Gesius in 1603, "Lobet Gott unsern Herren" (Zahn No. 5393): Bach used this melody for instance in his BWV 272 four-part chorale.
- Bertheau, Carl. "Gerhardt, Paulus" in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (Volume 8), Historischen Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1878, pp. 774–783
- Bach Digital Work 0342 at Bach Digital website
- BWV2a (1998), p. 475
- Luke Dahn (2017). BWV 244.44 at bach-chorales
- BWV2a (1998), p. 477
- Luke Dahn (2017). BWV 272 at bach-chorales