The prescribed readings for the feast day were Peter's sermon from the Acts of the Apostles, and the Road to Emmaus narration from the Gospel of Luke. The text by an anonymous librettist begins with a line from the gospel, and includes as the third movement two stanzas from Philipp Melanchthon's hymn "Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ" and its second stanza by Nikolaus Selnecker. The text ends with the second stanza of Martin Luther's hymn "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort". Derived from the gospel scene, the topic is pleading for light in a situation of threatening darkness.

Original Name Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden
Librettist Bible, Luke 24:29 (No.1) Anonymous (Nos.2, 4-5) Nikolaus Selnecker (1532–1592) (No.3) Martin Luther (1483–1546) (No.6) (movt.III adapted in BWV 649)
Date of composition 1725 in Leipzig, Germany
Premiered 1725, April 2nd in Leipzig, Germany
First published 1851 in Leipzig, Germany
Type Sacred Cantata
Tonality C Minor
Catalogue BWV 6
Approx. duration 20 minutes
Spoken language German
Instruments Voice (Soprano)
Voice (Alto)
Voice (Bass)
Voice (Tenor)
Oboe da caccia
Piccolo Cello/Violoncello Piccolo
2x Oboe
2x Violin
Autotranslations beta Jean-Sébastien Bach: Stay with us, for Evening Falls en do mineur, BWV 6
Johann Sebastian Bach: Stay with us, for Evening Falls in do minore, BWV 6
Johann Sebastian Bach: Stay with us, for Evening Falls c-moll, BWV 6