Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir (Lord, as you
will, so let it be done with me), BWV 73, is a church
cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed it in
1724 in his first year in Leipzig for the Third Sunday
after Epiphany. The prescribed readings for the Sunday
were taken from the Epistle to the Romans, rules for
life (Romans 12:17–21), and from the Gospel of Matthew,
the healing of a leper (Matthew 8:1–13). The unknown
poet takes the words of the leper "Lord, if thou wilt,
thou canst make me clean" as a starting point and
recommends his attitude of trust for the situation of
facing death. In the first movement he contrasts lines
of Kaspar Bienemann's chorale "Herr, wie du willst, so
schick's mit mir" with three sections of recitative.
Movement 3 paraphrases Jeremiah 17:9. The words of
movement 4 are the leper's words from the Gospel. The
closing chorale is the final stanza of Ludwig
Helmbold's hymn "Von Gott will ich nicht lassen".
Bach first performed the cantata on 23 January 1724,
and performed it again in a revised version on 21
January 1748 or 26 January 1749.
Although originally scored for tenor, oboe and basso
continuo, I created this arrangement for String Trio
(Violin, Viola & Cello).