In Be Thou with Me, Harp 1 is best played on a pedal harp, playing the melody and rolled chords. Harp 2 can be played on a lever harp as well as a pedal harp, playing a flowing accompaniment. This work is attributed to Bach because it is in his Notebook for Anna Magdelena, but the melody has been discovered to be from a 1718 opera by G. H. Stolzel, Bach’s contemporary. Here is a translation for the title and first words of the air, “When thou art near me, I go with joy, To death and to my rest.” The performance time for Be Thou with Me is about two and a half minutes.
The arrangement comes with separate copies for First Harp and Second Harp and an Ensemble Copy showing the two parts together.