Sheep may safely graze

by Jem Croucher

Bach, three hundred years ago
wrote an aria for some sheep
with words by Salomon Frank
full of meaning, rich and deep

Sheep may safely graze and pasture
and they do still to this day
as we approach the roundabout
down here round Shoreham way

We still share those many blessings
which both peace and plenty bring
prompting us to raise a voice
and Bach’s sweet aria sing

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

‘Sheep my safely graze’ was an aria written for soprano and two recorders by Johanne Sebastian Bach in 1713. Words were by Salmon Frank

Sheep may safely graze and pasture
while a shepherd guards them well
So the nation ruled in wisdom
know and shares the many blessings
which both peace and plenty bring

3 Comments to “Sheep may safely graze”

  1. This poem set to music by Bach was what set on motion a life-long journey into music. I was 14 when I heard this setting sung by my home church choir. Both the words and the music became a catalyst which led to my lifelong perusal of studying music and literature, and even art. I studied music in depth so that I could adequately express my passion for it through performance and composing.. And, I still don’t understand why something gives me chills, but going into music full-time has been the most satisfying quest I have ever pursued!

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