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Ilhflatielpiifa: 

PRESBYTERIAN BOARD OF PUBLICATION, 

NO. 821 CHESTNUT STREET. 



Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by 

JAMES DUNLAP, Treas., 

in the Clerk'* OflBce of the District Court for the Eastern District of 

Pennsylvania. 



STEREOTIPED BY JeSPER HARDING & SON, 
■:MQUIRER building, SODTn THIRD STREET, PUIIA. 



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The devotional Lyrics of Germany have a pathos and unction 
■which are peculiarly grateful to the Christian heart. Those especi- 
ally which were written in the better days of the German Church, 
before the wide diffusion of rationalism, are often expressive of the 
best and holiest emotions, and are well adapted to awaken responsive 
feelings in those who have participated in the renewing grace of God. 
In the rich language in which they were originally conceived and 
expressed, they possess a force which is not easily retained in a trans- 
lation. It is to be hoped, however, that in the selection which is 
here presented, some of their original beauty and fervour will be seen 
and appreciated. 

The translations are by different hands, and are more or less literal 
in the rendering. The compiler has freely availed himself of the 
various sources within his reach : The Lyra Germanica, by Catherine 
Winkworth, has furnished a number ; Ili/mns from the Land of Luther 
has contributed a less number ; the Horx Germayiicse, by the Kev. 
Henry Mills, D. D., an American publication, has been drawn upon 

(iii) 



IV ADVERTISEMENT. 

liberally, by the kind periDission of the author; and several have 
been selected from the Voice of Christian Life in Song. Besides these, 
acknowledgments are due to the Rev. Dr. James W. Alexander, the 
Rev. Charles W. Shields, and the Rev. Robinson P. Dunn, for several 
which will be distinguished by their respective names. A number 
also have been gathered from periodicals, the names of the translators 
not being known. 

The compiler might readily have increased the number of the selec- 
tions, but the design was to make a volume of moderate dimensions and 
price, which would more certainly circulate. In its present form it is 
commended to Christian readers, in the hope that it may serve to 
enkindle their devotion and strengthen their graces. 

For the sake of those who understand, or who are studying, the 
language in which these Lyrics were composed, and have not access to 
the sources whence they are derived, we have thrown into an Ap- 
pendix a few of them, in their beautiful native dress, by way of 
specimen. They are chiefly extracted from that treasure-house of 
German Hymnology, " Knapp's Liederschatz." 

The Editor of the Board of Publication. 



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PAGE 

God liveth ever 1 

The God of nature and of grace 4 

God in all things 8 

The Trinity 10 

The word of God 12 

Care for the soul l-t 

Eternity 16 

Christ is all 20 

Redemption 22 

Christ's coming 24 

Turning to the Cross 27 

The Holy Spirit 30 

Christ's presence 32 

The Christian's hope 35 

Pilgrimage of life 37 

The cliief good 40 

A song of praise for the Gospel 43 

The love of God 46 

God with me 47 

Light in darkness 49 

Let me find thee 50 

My Father is the mighty Lord 52 

The Lamb of God 64 

V 



Yl CONTENTS. 

PAGE 

The father-land 58 

The believer's conflict •'"' 

Suffering with Christ 61 

The sympathy of Jesus 62 

In God is our strength 66 

Weep not 69 

Arise 71 

Thy will be done 73 

Here is my heart , 76 

The angel of patience 79 

The Crucified 80 

Looking unto Jesus 83 

Commit thy way to God 85 

"Welcome to Christ 89 

God to be trusted 91 

Christian conflict 94 

Hope in God's mercy 96 

The mercy of God 97 

sacred head 100 

Fruits of godly sorrow 104 

Home 108 

The nativity of Christ 109 

Be thou content 110 

1 will not let thee go 112 

Hope in God 113 

Tears of Jesus 115 

The pure in heart 117 

Pilgrim song 120 

Rejoice 123 

Longing for Jesus 125 

God our defence 127 

The loss of pious friends 129 

God is my light 131 

The Cross 133 

Christian's estimate of the world 136 



CONTENTS. Vll 

PAGE 

One Ihing is needful 139 

Christian thanksgiving 142 

Trust in God 146 

In thee I triumph 148 

The cure of sorrow 150 

It is not dying 153 

God's presence 165 

Submission 156 

Thailand 159 

On Alpine heights 160 

Our little church 162 

Morning Hymn 164 

God with us 166 

Remember me 167 

My God, I know that I must die 170 

A Mother's prayer in the nights 172 

The long goodnight 174 

Repentance 176 

Conscience appeased 178 

Hope in God's mercy 181 

Christ our Rook 183 

Passing away 186 

Casting our cares on God 188 

There remaineth a rest 191 

Sickness 194 

Heavenward journey 197 

Death made welcome 199 

Support in death 201 

The pious dead 203 

Christian's view of Eternity 204 

The quiet hoping heart 207 

The redeemed 209 

The resurrection 212 

The day of judgment 215 

The joys of Heaven 216 



VIU CONTENTS. 

PAGE 

Morniug Hymn 219 

Evening Hymn 221 

Funeral Hymn _ 224 

Ah ! grieve not so 226 

The communion of saints 228 

Joys to come 231 

A morning song of gladness 233 

The remembrance 234 

The Deliverer from bondage 236 

The holiness of God brought near to man in Christ 239 

Appendix 241 



PAGE 

A gentle Angel walketh throughout a world of woe 79 

Ah! grieve not so, nor so lament 226 

A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth 54 

All must die ! there's no redemption 199 

Arise ye longing saints, arise 71 

As a bird in meadows fair 233 

A stronghold firm, a trusty shield 127 

Attend, Lord, my daily toil 155 

Behold me here, in grief draw near 50 

Be thou content; be still before 110 

Can I this world esteem 136 

Come, brothers, let us onward 120 

Come forth, come on, with solemn song 224 

Cometh sunshine after rain 150 

Commit thy way unto the Lord 85 

Couldst thou inherit life with Christ on high 61 

Darkness reigns — the hum of life's commotion 172 

Dear Christian people, all rejoice 43 

Dear Saviour, when I here am blest 35 

Down in a gloomy dell 108 

Dread Majesty above 4 

ix 



X INDEX. 

PAGE 

Eternity! Eternity! 16 

Flow, mytears, flow still faster 80 

For help, Oh whither shall I flee? 59 

From deep distress to thee I pray 181 

Go and dig my grave to-day 186 

God liveth ever 1 

God is my light! — never my soul despair 131 

God! whom I as Love have known 194 

God with us! Immanuel ! 166 

Greater the cross, the nearer heaven 133 

Heavenward doth our journey tend 197 

Here is my heart ! — my God, I give it thee 76 

How shall I meet thee? how my heart 24 

How weary and how worthless this life at times appears 49 

I am redeemed ! — the purchase of that blood 22 

If thou, true Life, wilt in me live 20 

I journey forth rejoicing 174 

I'm but a weary pilgrim here 204 

I now have found, for hope of heaven 97 

I now have found the Rock of ages 183 

I trust the Lord upon his word 12 

I will not let thee go ; thou help in time of need 112 

Jesus, Jesus, visit me 125 

Jesus, my eternal trust 212 

Know ye the land — on earth 'twere vainly sought 58 

Leave all to God 146 

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates 89 

Lord, on the soul's enduring worth 14 

Lord 1 thy death and passion give 21 



INDEX. XI 

PAGE 

Most high and holy Trinity 10 

My Father is the mighty Lord, whose arm 52 

My God! lo ! here before thy face 91 

My God, I know that I must die 170 

My God with me in every place 47 

My Jesus, as thou wilt ! 73 

My life is but a pilgrim-stand 37 

No, no, it is not dying 153 

Nothing fair on earth I see 8 

Not in anger smite us. Lord 96 

Now rest the woods again 221 

Now the crucible is breaking 104 

Christ ! how good and fair 216 

Friend of souls, how well is me 148 

Oh 1 how blessed faithful souls are ye 203 

Oh I how blessed are ye, saints forgiven 228 

Oh I how could I forget him 234 

holy Light, of light engendered 164 

Oh ! only see how sweetly there 162 

Oh that I had a thousand voices 142 

mighty Spirit ! Source whence all things sprung 239 

On Alpine heights the love of God is shed 160 

Once more from rest I rise again 219 

One thing is needful 1 let me deem 139 

Sacred Head, now wounded 100 

silent Lamb ! for me thou hast endured 83 

Out of the depths I cry to thee 113 

watchman, will the night of sin 32 

Pure Essence! Spotless fount of Light 117 

Rejoice, all ye believers 123 

Remember me, my God, remember me 167 

Repent! nor still delay. 123 



XU INDEX. 

PAGE 

Strive, when thou art called of God 94 

There is a land where beauty will not fade 159 

Thou deep abyss of blessed love 46 

Thou weepest o'er Jerusalem 115 

Thou who lovest us as a father 30 

Thus said the Lord, "Thy days of health are over" 156 

Weep not, — Jesus lives on high 69 

Whate'er my God ordains is right 207 

What meanest thou, my soul 178 

What within me and without 188 

When now the solemn hour is nigh 201 

When the solid earth is quaking 215 

Who are those before God's throne 209 

Who seeks in weakness an excuse 66 

Why weepest thou? The bodies of the just 129 

Will not that joyful be 231 

Within me, Lord, thou hast implanted 40 

Yes, there remaineth yet a rest 191 



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God liveth ever ! 
Wherefore, Soul, despair thou never ! 
Our God is good; in every place 

His love is known, his help is found, 
His mighty arm, and tender grace 

Bring good from ills that hem us round. 
Easier than we think can he 
Turn to joy our agony. 
Soul, remember 'mid thy pains, 
God o'er all for ever reigns. 

God liveth ever ! 

Wherefore, Soul, despair thou never ! 

Say, shall He slumber, shall he sleep, 

Who gave the eye its power to see ? 

(1) 



SACRED LYRICS 

Shall He not hear his children weep 
Who made the ear so wondrously ? 
God is God ; he sees and hears 
All their troubles, all their tears. 
Soul, forget not 'mid thy pains, 
God o'er all for ever reigns. 

God liveth ever ! 
Wherefore, Soul, despair thou never ! 
He who can earth and heaven control, 

Who spreads the clouds o'er sea and land, 
Whose presence fills the mighty whole, 
In each true heart is close at hand. 
Love him, he will surely send 
Help and joy that never end. 
Soul, remember in thy pains, 
God o'er all for ever reigns. 

God liveth ever ! 
Wherefore, Soul, despair thou never ! 
Scarce canst thou bear thy cross? Then fly 

To Him where only rest is sweet ; 
Thy God is great, his mercy nigh, 

His strength upholds the tottering feet. 
Trust him, for his grace is sure, 
Ever doth his truth endure ; 
Soul, forget not in thy pains, 
God o'er all for ever reigns. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 

God liveth ever ! 
my Soul, despair thou never ! 
When sins and follies long forgot 

Upon thy tortured conscience prey, 
come to God, and fear him not, 
His love shall sweep them all away. 
Pains of hell, at look of his. 
Change to calm content and bliss. 
Soul, forget not in thy pain, 
God o'er all doth ever reign. 

God liveth ever ! 
Wherefore, Soul, despair thou never! 
Those whom the thoughtless world forsakes, 

Who stand bewildered with their woe, 
God gently to his bosom takes, 

And bids them all his fulness know. 
In thy sorrows' swelling flood 
Own Plis hand who seeks thy good. 
Soul, forget not in thy pains, 
God o'er all for ever reigns. 

God liveth ever ! 
Wherefore, Soul, despair thou never ! 
Let earth and heaven outworn with age. 
Sink to the chaos whence they came ; 
Let angry foes against us rage. 

Let hell shoot forth his fiercest flame ; 



SACRED LYRICS 

Fear not Death, nor Satan's thrusts, 
God defends who in him trusts; 
Soul, remember in thy pains, 
God o'er all for ever reigns. 

God liveth ever! 
Wherefore, Soul, despair thou never ! 
What though thou tread with bleeding feet 

A thorny path of grief and gloom. 
Thy God will choose the way most meet 
To lead thee heavenwards, lead thee home. 
For this life's long night of sadness 
He will give thee peace and gladness. 
Soul, forget not in thy pains, 
God o'er all for ever reigns. 



ZiHN. 1682. 



Till iiB Qif lATlEI IIB ®f iMEI. 

Translated by Dr. Mills. 

Dread Majesty above! 
Of prayer none else is worthy : 

The angels near th}'- throne 
With reverence bow before thee : 



FROM THE GERMAN. 

In love and humble faith 
Make thou our souls sincere, 
That we may seek thy face 
With thanks and holy fear. 

Thou art the highest good, 

To every ill a stranger ; 

Thy bliss, complete in thee. 

Of change can fear no danger : 
All glory too is thine. 
Nor creatures, great or small. 
Thy glory can increase. 
Great Alaker, Lord of all. 

Thou callest what was not 
To life and conscious pleasure ; 

And beings round thee spread 
In numbers out of measure : 
Thy nature all is love. 
And works of boundless skill 
Unceasingly employed, 
Thy schemes of love fulfil. 

Thou speakest, and 'tis done ; 
When but thy word was given, 

The frame of nature rose — 
The earth and starry heaven. 



6 SACREDLYRICS 

Thy will throughout the world 
Such deeds of power show, 
As creatures else would think 
Be3''ond all power to do. 

Thou art the Lord of lords ; 

And earthly kings, the highest, 
Before thee are but dust. 

Thou all their strength suppliest. 
Whose pride thou wouldst depress, 
Who longer can sustain ? 
But, whom thou wilt exalt. 
Shall envied glory gain. 

'Tis thine alone, to live 
And reign supreme for ever. 

Life 's thine to give or take, 
We breathe but by thy favour. 
The soul that rules in us 
We have, Most High, from thee ; 
Were such thy will, it dies, 
But thou must ever be. 

Thee — who has ever seen ? 
Who can in flesh behold thee ? 

No mortal eye could bear 
The splendors that infold thee, 



FROM THE GERMAN. 

Where thou, ia glory throned, 
Inhabitest the praise 
AVhich angels, evermore, 
In songs of rapture raise. 

What we, immortal King, 
Are of thy nature knowing. 

Thou hast thyself revealed, 
Thy works and counsels showing. 
Creation speaks thy power, 
More clearly still th}^ Son 
Displays thy wondrous grace. 
And makes the Godhead known. 

Yet, what we learn of thee 
With shadows here is shrouded ; 

But soon we hope a light 
And vision all unclouded. 
When we to God shall come. 
No shade or veil between; 
And there his glory see, 
As we ourselves are seen. 

Meantime would we below 
Ne'er cease our honours bringing; 

Despise not, Lord, the praise 
Our stammering tongues are singing 



8 SACRED LYRICS 

When we shall rise to thee 
In realms of light above, 
In higher, nobler strains, 
We '11 sing the God of love. 



J. S. DiETERiCH, died 1797. 



iJB II ILL TMIii. 

Keine Schonheit hat die Welt, 

Nothing fair on earth I see 
But I straightway think on thee; 
Thou art fairest in my eyes. 
Source in whom all beauty lies ! 

When I see the reddening dawn 
And the golden sun of morn. 
Quickly turns this heart of mine 
To thy glorious form divine. 

Oft I think upon thy light 
When the grey morn breaks the night; 
Think, what glories lie in thee. 
Light of all Eternity! 



FROxM THE GERMAN. 

When I see the moon arise 
'Mid Heaven's thousand golden eyes, 
Then I think, more glorious far 
Is the Maker of yon star. 

Or I think in spring's sweet hours, 
When the fields are gay with flowers, 
As their varied hues I see, 
What must their Creator be ! 

When along the brook I wander, 

Or beside the fountain ponder, 

Straight my thoughts take wing and mount 

Up to thee, the purest Fount. 

Sweetly sings the nightingale, 
Sweet the flute's^soft plaintive tale, 
Sweeter than their richest tone. 
Is the name of Mary's Son. 

Sweetly all the air is stirred 
When the Echo's call is heard ; 
But no sounds my heart rejoice 
Like to my Beloved's voice. 

Come then, fairest Lord, appear. 
Come, let me behold thee here, 



10. SACRED LYRICS 

I would see thee face to face, 
On thy proper light would gaze. 

Take away these veils that blind, 
Jesus, all my soul and mind ; 
Henceforth ever let my heart 
See thee truly as thou art ! 



Angelus, died 1677. 



Til TEIIITI, 

Hochli eiliche Dreieinigkeit. 



Most High and Holy Trinity! 

"Who of thy mercy mild 
Hast formed me here in time, to be 
Thy image and thy child : 
Oh let me love thee day and night 
With all my soul, with all my might ; 
Oh come, thyself my soul prepare. 
And make thy dwelling ever there ! 

Father ! replenish with thy grace 
This longing heart of mine, 

Make it thy quiet dwelling-place, 
Thy sacred inmost shrine ! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 11 

Forgive that oft my spirit wears 
Her time and strength in trivial cares; 
Enfold her in thy changeless peace, 
So she from all but thee may cease ! 

God the Son ! thy wisdom's light 

On my dark reason pour ; 
Forgive that things of sense and sight 
Were all her joy of yore ; 
Henceforth let every thought and deed 
On thee be fixed, from thee proceed; 
Draw me to thee, for I would rise 
Above these earthly vanities ! 

Holy Ghost ! thou fire of love, 

Enkindle with thy flame my will ; 
Come with thy strength. Lord, from above, 
Help me thy bidding to fulfil : 
Forgive that I so oft have done 
What I as sinful ought to shun ; 
Let me with pure and quenchless fire 
Thy favour and thyself desire ! 

Most High and Holy Trinity ! 

Draw me away far hence, 
And fix upon eternity 

All powers of soul and sense ! 



12 SACRED LYRICS 

Make rae at one within ; at one 
With thee on earth ; when life is done 
Take me to dwell in light with thee, 
Most High and Holy Trinity ! 



Angelus, died 1677. 



Tim imm m m^ 

Translated by Dr. Mills. 

I TRUST the Lord ; upon his word 

I rest my soul's well-being : 
My walk with thee, Lord, here must be 

By faith, and not by seeing. 

Thy word is sure ; may it secure 

My confidence for ever! 
Let reason's pride ne'er be my guide 

From faith my soul to sever. 

What but thy word could light afford, 
To save from doubt and error ? 

Where else is shown, than here alone, 
Escape from guilt and terror ? 

'Tis here made plain, — sought else in vain- 
The soul is ever-living : 



FROM THE GERMAN. 13 

For endless days, of future praise, 
That thou this life art giving. 

The only scheme man to redeem 

From death, sin's fearful wages. 
Would lie concealed, but as revealed 

In these thy sacred pages. 

And now shall grief hope no relief, 

My soul sink down despairing ? 
No ! — here I see thy grace for me 

A Father's love declaring. 

B}^ faith to live, its fruits to give, — 

This is the path to heaven : 
All strength and skill to do thy will 

But through thy word are given. 

Teach me, Lord, to prize thy word, 

This gift of matchless favour : 
Be it my wealth, be it my health. 

My strength and life for ever ! 

C. F. Gellkrt, died 1769. 



14 SACRED LYRICS 



(Slli FIE Til E 

Lord, on the soul's enduring worth, 
As in thy sacred word set forth. 

So fix my deep reflection : 
That care for its eternal weal 
Shall every other care excel, 

And rule my constant action. 

Thyself hast for its interests cared; 
For it what joy hast thou prepared. 

Riches of grace expending ! 
Thine image, which at first it bore. 
In all its brightness to restore, 

Thy Son in mercy sending. 

Superior to such life as this, 
Designed for pure and endless bliss, 

In flesh 'tis here in training, 
That exercise of faith and love 
May nurture it for joys above, 

Where Jesus now is reigning. 

Thou 'rt ready, to thy promise true. 
Life's fleeting cares to guide it through, 



FROM THE GER]\IAN. 15 

And for thy glory cherish ; 
let me not, by unbelief, 
Condemn this soul, in hopeless grief, 

Beneath thy wrath to perish. 

Lord, to thyself in covenant join 
My soul : — be thy sure mercies mine, 

My trust in thee unshaken ! 
This is my prayer, and this my aim, 
may I never know the shame 

Of covenant vows forsaken. 

In thee the wicked have no part; 
Create in me an humble heart. 

That feels for sin abhorrence ; 
That for its guilt before thee mourns, 
But to thy grace in Jesus turns 

With hope and full concurrence. 

Throughout my course, in all its length. 
May I, Lord, strengthened with thy strength. 

Strive for that crown of glory 
Which thou hast set before my eyes, 
While earth's fair promises I prize 

But as an idle story. 

How blest the faithful, none can show ; 
Sweet peace and joy their portion now, 



16 SACRED LYRICS 

Imparted by thy Spirit : 
And, when the appointed hour is come, 
Thou wilt to glory take them home, 

Thy kingdom to inherit. 

J. S. DiETERicH, died 1797. 



! Ewigkeit ! ! Eimgheit ! 

Eternity! Eternity! 
How long art thou, Eternity! 
And 3^et to thee time hastes away. 
Like as the warhorse to the fray. 
Or swift as couriers homeward go. 
Or ship to port, or shaft from bow. 
Ponder, Man, Eternity! 

Eternity! Eternity! 
How long art thou. Eternity! 
For even as on a perfect sphere 
End nor beginning can appear, 
Even so, Eternity, in thee 
Entrance nor Exit can there be. 
Ponder, Man, Eternity ! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 17 

Eternity! Eternity! 

How long art thou, Eternity ! 

A circle infinite art thou, 

Thy centre an eternal now, 

Never, we name thy outward bound, 

For never end therein is found. 

Ponder, Man, Eternity! 

Eternity! Eternity! 

How long art thou. Eternity ! 

A little bird with fretting beak 

Might wear to nought the loftiest peak, 

Though but each thousand years it came, 

Yet thou wert then, as now, the same. 

Ponder, Man, Eternity ! 

Eternity! Eternity! 

How long art thou. Eternity ! 

As long as God is God, so long 

Endure the pains of hell and wrong, 

So long the joys of heaven remain ; 

Oh lasting joy! Oh lasting pain! 

Ponder, Man, Eternity! 

Eternity! Eternity! 

How long art thou. Eternity ! 

Man, full oft thy thoughts should dwell 



18 SACRED LYRICS 

Upon the pains of sin and hell, 
And on the glories of the pure, 
That both beyond all time endure. 
Ponder, Man, Eternity! 

Eternity ! Eternit}^ ! 

How long art thou, Eternity! 

How terrible art thou in woe. 

How fair where joys for ever glow ! 

God's goodness sheddeth gladness here. 

His justice there wakes bitter fear. 

Ponder, Man, Eternity ! 

Eternity! Eternity! 
How long art thou, Eternity ! 
They who lived poor and naked rest 
With God for ever rich and blest. 
And love and praise the highest good, 
In perfect bliss and gladsome mood. 
Ponder, Man, Eternity ! 

Eternity! Eternity! 
How long art thou, Eternity! 
A moment lasts all joy below. 
Whereby man sinks to endless woe; 
A moment lasts all earthly pain. 
Whereby an endless joy we gain. 
Ponder, Man, Eternity! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 19 

Eternity! Eternity! 

How long art thou, Eternity! 

Who ponders oft on thee is wise, 

All fleshly lusts shall he despise, 

The world finds place with him no more ; 

The love of vain delights is o'er. 

Ponder, Man, Eternity ! 

Eternity ! Eternity ! 

How long art thou. Eternity ! 

Who marks thee well would say to God, 

Here, judge, burn, smite me with thy rod. 

Here, let me all thy justice bear. 

When time of grace is past, then spare ! 

Ponder, Man, Eternity! 

Eternity! Eternity! 

How long art thou, Eternity! 

Lo, I, Eternity, warn thee, 

Man, that oft thou think on me. 

The sinner's punishment and pain, 

To them who love their God, rich gain ! 

Ponder, Man, Eternity! 

WuLFPEU, died 1685. 



20 SACRED LYRICS 



(SEEIET U ALL. 

Lebst du in m/ir, rcahres Leben. 

If thou true Life, wilt in me live, 
Consume whate'er is not of thee ; 

One look of thine more joy can give 
Than all the world can offer me. 

Jesus, be thou mine for ever, 

Nought from thy love my heart can sever, 

That thou hast promised in thy word ; 
Oh deep the joy whereof I drink. 
Whene'er my soul in thee can sink. 

And own her Bridegroom and her Lord. 

heart, that glowed with love and died. 
Kindle my soul with fire divine ; 

Lord, in the heart thou 'st won, abide, 
And all in it that is not thine 

let me conquer and destroy. 

Strong in thy love, thou fount of joy. 

Nay, be thou conqueror, Lord, in me ; 
So shall I triumph o'er despair. 
O'er death itself thy victory share, 

Thus suffer, live, and die in thee. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 21 

And let the fire within me move 

My heart to serve thy members here ; 

Let me their need and trials prove, 
' That I may know my love sincere 

And like to thine, Lord, pure and warm ; 

For when my soul hath won that form 

Is likest to thy holy mind, 

Then I shall love both friends and foes, 
And learn to grieve o'er others' woes. 

Like thee, my pattern, true and kind. 

The light and strength of faith, oh grant, 

That I may bring forth holy fruit, 
A living branch, a blooming plant, 

Fast clinging to my vine — my root. 
Thou art my Saviour, whom I trust. 
My Rock, — 1 build not on the dust, — 
The ground of faith, eternal, sure. 

When hours of doubt o'ercloud my mind, 

Thy ready help then let me find, 
Thy strength my sickening spirit cure. 

Nor let my hope e'er fade away, — 
Thy cross the anchor of my heart, — 

But let her rise o'er fear, dismay. 

Conquering through thee; mine All thou art. 



22 SACRED LYRICS 

The world may build on what decays, 
Christ, my Sun of hope, my gaze 
Cares not o'er lesser lights to range ; 
To thee, in love, I ever cleave, 
For well I know thou ne'er wilt leave 
My soul, thy love can never change. 

Wouldst thou that 1 should tarry here ? 

I live because thou wiliest it : 
Or Death should suddenly appear? 

I shall not fear him, Lord, one whit. 
If but thy life still in me live ; 
Thy holy death my strength shall give 
When earthly life draws near its end ; 

To thee I give away my will. 

In life and death remembering still 
Thou seekest my good, truest Friend. 

SiNOLD, died 1742. 



MBIMFTWI, 



I AM redeemed ! — the purchase of that blood 
Which on the cross was shed : 

To God I'm reconciled, — my life renewed, — 
M}"" terrors all are fled. 



FROMTHEGERMAN. 23 

The scheme of mercy — Wisdom made it, — 
The costly ransom — Love has paid it. 
I am redeemed ! 

I am redeemed ! — nor can the thunder-roar 

Of Sinai cause alarm ; 
For me, the fearful curse my Saviour bore, 
My soul it cannot harm. 
Repented sins, would ye appal me ? 
To joy and thanks God's mercies call me! 
I am redeemed ! 

I am redeemed ! — my Saviour broke the band 

That chained me to the foe. 
The keys of hell were in his friendly hand, 
He shut its portals to. 
Now walk I free, secure of pardon ; 
From sin and Satan's w^eary burden 
I am redeemed ! 

I am redeemed ! what is there I should fear ? 

Death's gloom will beam with light ; — 
The Lord of life for me will then appear, 
And lead to mansions bright. 
And though in dust my frame shall slumber, 
My sleeping dust he will remember. 
I am redeemed ! • 



24 SACREDLYRICS 

I am redeemed — from guilt, and fear, and pain, 

To joys that will abide ; 
And Death to me will prove eternal gain, — 
With Jesus at my side. 
Then shall I rise to share his favour 
With saints who sing his praise for ever. 
I am redeemed ! 

E. Wagner, died 1812. 



DEBUTE ^0;MIia. 

Wie soil ich dich empfangen f 

How shall I meet thee? how my heart 

Receive her Lord aright ? 
Desire of all the earth thou art ! 

M}^ hope, my sole delight ! 
Kindle the lamp, thou Lord, alone, 

Half dying in my breast. 
And make thy gracious pleasure known 

How I may greet thee best. 

Her budding boughs and fairest palms 

Thy Zion strews around; 
And songs of praise and sweetest psalms 

From my glad heart shall sound. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 25 

My desert soul breaks forth in flowers, 

Rejoicing in thy fame ; 
And puts forth all her sleeping powers 

To honour Jesus' name. 

In heavy bonds I languished long, 

Thou comest to set me free ; 
The scorn of every mocking tongue — 

Thou comest to honour me. 
A heavenly crown thou dost bestow. 

And gifts of priceless worth, 
That vanish not as here below 

The riches of the earth. 

Nought, nought, dear Lord ! had power to move 

Thee from thy rightful place, 
Save that almighty wondrous Love 

Wherewith thou dost embrace 
This weary world and all her woe. 

Her load of grief and ill 
And sorrow, more than man can know ; 

Thy love is deeper still. 

Oh write this promise in your heart. 

Ye sad at heart, with whom 
Sorrows fall thick, and joys depart, 

And darker grows your gloom. 



26 SACRED LYRICS 

Despair not, for your help is near, 

He standeth at the door 
Who best can comfort you and cheer. 

He comes, nor stayeth more. 

Vex not your souls with care, nor grieve 

And labour longer thus, 
As though your arm could aught achieve. 

And bring him down to us ! 
He comes, he comes with ready will. 

By pity moved alone, 
All pain to soothe, all tears to still. 

To him they all are known. 

Ye shall not shrink nor turn aside. 

Fearing to see his face 
So deep your sins, for he will hide 

The darkest with his grace. 
He comes, he comes, to save from sin, 

All sinners to release. 
For all the sons of God to win 

The heritage of peace. 

Why ask ye what the wicked saith ? 

Why heed his craft and spite ? 
The Lord destroys him with a breath, 

He stands not in his sight. 



FROM THEGER MAN. 27 

Christ comes, he comes, as King to reign ! 

Then gather ye his foes 
From earth's far corners ; yet in vain 

Would ye his rule oppose. 

He comes to judge the earth, and ye 

Who mocked him, feel his wrath j 
But they who loved and sought him see 

His light o'er all their path. 
Sun of Kighteousness ! arise, 

And guide us on our way, 
To yon fair mansion in the skies 

Of joyous, cloudless day. 

Paul Gerhardt, died 1679. 



TTOIIM T@ TEE (SEO^EB. 

Jesu, deine tie/en Wunden. 

Lord ! thy death and passion give 
Strength and comfort at my need. 

Every hour while here I live 
On thy love my soul shall feed. 



28 SACRED LYRICS 

Doth some evil thought up start ? 
Lo, thy cross defends my heart, 
Shows the peril, and I shrink 
Back from loitering on the brink. 

Doth my carnal nature yearn 
After wanton joys ? agaia 
Quickly to thy cross I turn, 

And her voice is heard in vain. 
Cometh strong temptation's hour, 
When my foe puts forth his power? 
Sheltered by this holy shield, 
Soon I drive him from the field. 

Would the world my steps entice 

To yon wide and level road, 
Filled with mirth and pleasant vice ? 

Lord, I think upon the load 
Thou didst once for me endure, 
And I fly all thoughts impure ; 
Thinking on thy bitter pains. 
Hushed in prayer my heart remains. 

Yes, thy cross hath power to heal 
All the wounds of sin and strife. 

Lost in thee my heart doth feel 
Sudden warmth and nobler life. 



X 



FROMTHEGERMAN. 29 

In rny saddest, darkest grief 
Let thy sweetness bring relief, 
Thou who earnest but to save, 
Thou who fearedst not the grave ! 

Lord, in thee I place my trust. 
Thou art my defence and tower ; 

Death thou treadest in the dust, 
O'er my soul he hath no power. 

That I may have part in thee 

Help and save and comfort me, 

Give me of thy grace and might. 

Resurrection, life, and light. 

Fount of good, within me dwell. 
For the peace thy presence sheds, 

Keeps us safe in conflict fell, 

Charms the pain from dying beds. 

Hide me safe within thine arm. 

Where no foe can hurt or harm ; 

Whoso, Lord, in thee doth rest. 

He hath conquered, he is blest. 

Ubermann, died 1647. 



30 SACRED LYRICS 



TEI 1@LY EFIMT. 

Thou who lovest us as a father, 
Faithful God, and who hast said 
Thou wilt give thy Holy Spirit 
To all those who seek his aid, 
Humbly I beseech of thee, 
Father, send him now to me, 
That he may renew my heart 
And set it for thy shrine apart. 

Without him fails all my knowledge, 
Fruitfulness, and strength, and life, 
And my heart forgets thy presence, 
Drowned in earthly toil and strife. 
If he do not, through his might. 
Set both heart and will aright, 
That I to thee may wholly give 
Myself, and to thine honour live. 

Fount divine of holy blessings, 
Glorious Spirit of the Lord, 
Thou by whom the human spirit 
Is to peace and truth restored ; 



FROM THE GERMAN. 31 

After thee I thirst and pine. 
I to thee myself resign, 
Make me holy to God's praise, 
Wise to walk in heavenly ways. 



Mould me wholly in thine image. 
Blessed Source of love and peace. 
Let me love and meekness cherish 
Let me count my gains increase, 
When e'er I with faithful hand 
Can cement a peaceful band, 
Or can lighten, soothe, or share, 
Any human load of care. 



Teach me, Lord, with true self-knowledge 

All my secret faults to see, 

Humbly to my God to tell them, 

And to him for pardon flee. 

Daily make my earnest striving 

To forsake them, in me new, 

In the work of growing holy 

Ever thou my strength renew. 

When the aspect of my errors 
Casts me helpless to the ground, 
When within my trembling bosom 
Many a darksome doubt is found; 



32 SACRED LYRICS 

When the tears of sorrow fall, 
God seems not to hear my call, 
Comfort then, and strength impart 
To my fainting, failing heart. 

To thy work of grace I owe it, 
If there's any good in me. 
This desire thyself hast kindled, 
That I thirst and long for thee. 
Oh, so prosper through thy word, 
This thy gracious working. Lord, 
That in the happy end it be 
All gloriously complete in me. 

David Bruhn, died 1782. 



Huter, wird die Nacht der Siinden — 

WATCHMAN, will the night of sin 

Be never past ? 
watchman, doth the day begin. 
To dawn upon thy straining sight at last ? 

Will it dispel 
Ere long the mists of sense wherein I dwell ? 



FROM THE GERMAN. 33 

Now all the earth is bright and glad 

With the fresh morn ; 
But all my heart is cold and dark and sad ; 
Sun of the soul, let me behold thy dawn ! 

Come Jesus, Lord ! 
Oh quickly come, according to thy word ! 

Do we not live in those blest days 

So long foretohl, 
When thou shouldst come to bring us light and grace ? 
And yet I sit in darkness as of old. 

Pining to see 
Thy glory; but thou still art far from me. 

Long since thou earnest to be the light 

Of all men here ; 
And yet in me is nought but blackest night. 
Wilt thou not then to me, thine own, appear ? 

Shine forth and bless 
My soul with vision of thy righteousness ! 

If thus in darkness ever left. 

Can I fulfil 
The works of light, while of all light bereft ? 
How shall 1 learn in love and meekness still 

To follow thee. 
And all the sinful works of darkness flee ? 



34 SACREDLYRICS 

The light of reason cannot give 

Life to my soul ; 
Jesus alone can make me truly live, 
One glance of his can make my spirit whole. 

Arise, and shine 
On this poor longing, waiting heart of mine ! 

Single and clear, not weak or blind, 

The eye must be, 
To which thy glory shall an entrance find ; 
For if thy chosen ones should gaze on thee, 

No earthly screen 
Between their souls and thee must intervene. 

Jesus, do thou mine eyes unseal, 

And let them grow 
Quick to discern whate'er thou dost reveal, 
So shall I be dehvered from that woe, 

Blindly to stray 
Through hopeless night, while all around is day. 

RiCHTKR, died 1711. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 35 



f 11 (Smif IM^E IJFI. 

Translated by Dr. Mills. 

Dear Saviour, when I here am blest 
With prospect of that future rest 

Thy people shall inherit, 
And there, by faith, see my abode ; — 
How light my cares ! — and all their load — 

How easy 't is to bear it ! 
Then, too, the fond pursuits of earth 
Are in my view as nothing worth ; — 
Chased by the dawn of endless day, 
Its glories pass like dreams away. 

Lord Jesus Christ, sure ground of faith, 
All this is owing to thy death. 

When called, the change of worlds to make, 
My soul shall from its fetters break— 

Thou, from on high, be near me ! 
Thy rod and staff be then my stay, — 
Through Death's dark valley guide my way,- 

With hopes of glory cheer me ! 
The splendors of the world of light, 
Amid the all-surrounding night, 



36 SACRED LYRICS 

Shall through the clouds of darkness shine, 
Revealing what shall soon be mine. 

Lord Jesus Christ, with cheerful faith, 
I then shall sweetly sleep in death. 

But should my heart, reluctant, shrink, 
The cup of Death still fear to drink. 

My sins begin to number ; 
Then come the thought — " My Lord has died, 
My sins — atoning blood shall hide. 

Nor God will more remember ! " 
The hope, for sinners thou hast wrought. 
Of life, — with nameless sorrows bought. 
Which, God-forsaken, thou didst meet, — 
'Tis this alone makes dying sweet. 

Lord Jesus Christ, my only faith. 
Do not forsake me at my death ! 

In hope my weeping eyes I'll close, 
My flesh in earth shall find repose. 

Where my Redeemer rested : 
And he that died, from death to save, — 
His voice will call me from the grave, — 

I know whom I have trusted. 
He lives ! — and foes I feared below, — 
The Grave and Death, — his power shall know; 



FROM THE GERMAN 37 

He lives ! — and I, with saints above, 
Shall know the wonders of his love. 

Lord Jesus Christ, my spirit's faith, 
For life prepare me by my death ! 

My confidence shalt thou remain 
Till thou on earth appear again — 

The tombs be rent asunder : 
Before thy throne I there shall be. 
The Judge of all the nations see. 

Shall see with joy and wonder. 
Then will thy grace to me divide 
A portion always to abide. 
And 1 shall share, by promise shown, 
A glory lasting as thy own. 

Thanks, Lord, to thee ! with shouts I'll sing, 
" Where, Grave, thy victory ! — Death, thy sting ! " 



Mein Leben tat ein Pilgrimstand. 
Translated by Dr. Mills. 

My life is but a pilgrim-stand : 
A traveller to my father-land, 



38 SACRED LYRICS 

I seek the city with foundation, 
Whose builder, maker, is my God; 
And gaining there my blest abode, 

Would ever sing his great salvation. 
My life is here a pilgrim-stand, 
I'm travelling to my father-land. 

The hours of life's uncertain day 
Haste on without a moment's stay. 

And, when once gone, are gone for ever ; 
They bear me to eternity; 
Lord Jesus, give me eyes to see! 

Whate'er 1 need to know discover ! 
Nor let earth's vain delusions hide 
Thee from my sight, my only guide ! 

No journey is without its cares ; 
Life's journey too the spirits wears ; 

It is not all a path of roses. 

The road is narrow, foes are strong. 
And oft entice me to the wrong ; 

The tangled thorn my way opposes ; 
O'er trackless wilds I'm forced to go, 
And, groping, toil my passage through. 

At times to me the Sun is bright. 
That Sun that sheds its gracious hght, 



FROM THE GERMAN. 39 

Alone to bless the pure in spirit : 

Then comes the roaring, raging storm, 

So loucl, terrific its alarm. 
So dark, I cannot help but fear it : 

Bnt when I think of joys above, 

My terror yields its place to love. 

Thou, Jesus, once a pilgrim too. 

Wilt prove thyself a helper true, 
Of all my anxious cries, a hearer. 

Thy warning word in mind I'll keep, 

And, by thy guidance, every step 
Shall bring me to salvation nearer. 

My life and strength are waning fast, 

Lord, with thy consolations haste ! 

That I may grow in holiness, 
With stronger faith my spirit bless. 

And thus of stumbling make me heedful. 
I daily fall — help me to rise, 
And, by each fall, yet more to prize 

Thy helping hand, so often needful : 
While in this darkened soul of mine. 
Thy beams of mercy brighter shine. 

And while my heart, God of grace. 
Shall faint with longings for thy face, 



40 SACREDLYRICS 

Prepare my soul for thy fruition ! 

Whene'er to earth my eyelids close, 

May I with thee enjoy repose 
Where sin and erief find no admission. 

Thy weary child bid thither come, 

To live with thee — a blissful home. 

My lot is here with strangers thrown, 

And by the world I'm little known ; 
But there friends wait with joy to meet me : 

And there, with those I love the most, 

I'll join in song the angel-host. 
Whose glories with their welcome greet me. 

My Saviour come ! no more delay ! 

And thither bear my soul away ! 

F. A. Lampe, died 1729. 



Til (siiiF mm. 



Du hast ja dieses meiner Seele. 
Translated by Dr. Mills. 

Within me. Lord, thou hast implanted 
The strong desire of lasting good, 

A blessing never to be granted 
While flesh continues my abode ; 



FROM THE GERMAN. 41 

My search and wishes may remain, 
But earthly hopes are all in vain. 

An evil heart my spirit blinding, 

I onward grope in darkness here ; — 
For ever seeking, never finding 

Relief from doubt and gloomy fear. 

In thee alone is rest from care, 

teach my soul to seek it there ! 

From vanities of time deliver, 

And set m}^ prisoned spirit free ! 
Let hopes, that soon must fail for ever, 

Make room for what shall endless be, 

That I, with present quiet blest. 

May reach at last eternal rest. 

Give thy dear Son to stand beside me ! 

None else can needed grace supply ; 
That by his counsel he may guide me. 

And I for peace on him rely. 

Then his redemption will be mine, 

While I to him my all resign. 

'Tis only thus I hope for pleasure ! 

Should earth her choicest stores reveal, 
Fame, riches — these, whate'er their measure, 

My soul's desire could never fill. 



42 SACREDLY RICS 

What most the sons of earth applaud 
Can never please a child of God. 

Could I secure man's approbation, 

And win his envied praises now, 
At death, 't would yield no consolation, 

In life, 't were but an empty show. 

Far better here my time to spend 

For gaining an eternal Friend. 

It is the height of my aspiring 

To be well-pleasing. Lord, to thee, 
From search of human praise retiring, 

Which, found, would hide thy face from me; 

But, if thy favour I secure, 

'Tis glory now and evermore. 

For comfort — what can wealth avail me, 
When I am called the world to leave ? 

Had I all earthly good — 'twould fail me ; 
It flatters only to deceive : 
Then, only this a good will prove — 
To have a portion in thy love. 

Of joy — should all on earth forsake me. 
My God is left, — the best, the whole : 

When death, Lord Jesus, shall o'ertake me, 
Sustain in peace my parting soul, 



FROM THE GERMAN. 43 

While I shall hear, by thee addressed, — 
" Come, now, and he for ever hlest /" 

I. U. Frommann, 1742. 



A EOM m PEMEE f QE TEE ^§SPEL. 

Nun freut eicch liehen Christen g'mein. 

Dear Christian people, all rejoice, 
Each soul with joy upspringing ; 

Pour forth one song with heart and voice, 
With love and gladness singing. 

Give thanks to God, our Lord above, 

Thanks for his miracle of love ! 

Dearly he hath redeemed us ! 

The devil's captive, bound I lay, 

Lay in death's chains forlorn ; 
My sins distressed me night and day, 

The sin within me born : 
I could not do the thing I would, 
In all my life was nothing good, 

Sin had possessed me wholly. 



44 SACREDLYRICS 

My good works could no comfort shed, 
Worthless must they be rated ; 

My free-will to all good was dead, 
And God's just judgments hated. 

Me of all hope my sins bereft ; 

Nothing but death to me was left, 

And death was hell's dark portal. 

Then God saw, with deep pity moved, 
My grief that knew no measure ; 

Pitying he saw, and freely loved ; 
To save me was his pleasure. 

The Father's heart to me was stirred, 

He saved me with no sovereign word; 
His very best it cost him. 

He spoke to his beloved Son, 

With infinite compassion : 
" Go hence, my heart's most precious crown, 

Be to the lost salvation. 
Death, his relentless tyrant, stay, 
And bear him from his sins away 
With thee to live for ever !" 

Willing the Son took that behest : 

Born of a maiden mother, 
To his own earth he came a guest 

And made himself my brother. 



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FROM THE GERMAN. 45 

All secretly he went his way, 
Veiled in my mortal flesh he lay, 

And thus the foe he vanquished. 

He said to me, " Cling close to me, 

Thy sorrows now are ending ; 
Freely I give myself for thee. 

Thy life with mine defending. 
For I am thine and thou art mine. 
And where I am there thou shalt shine. 
The foe shall never reach us. 

" True, he will shed my heart's life-blood. 

And torture me to death ; 
All this I suffer for thy good ; 

This hold with firmest faith. 
Death dieth through m}^ life divine ; 
I, sinless, bear those sins of thine ; 
And so shalt thou be rescued. 

" I rise again to heaven from hence, 

High to my Father soaring, 
Thy Master there to be, and thence 

My Spirit on thee pouring : 
In every grief to comfort thee, 
And teach thee more and more of me. 
Into all truth still guiding. 



46 SACRED LYRICS 

" What I have done and taught on earth, 
Do thou, and teach, none dreading ; 

That so God's kingdom may go forth, 
And his high praise be spreading; 

And guard thee from the words of men. 

Lest the great joy be lost again : 

This my last charge I leave thee." 

LuTHEB, died 1546. 



Til LWI af i( 

Du eiciger Abgrund der seligen Liehe. 

Thou deep abyss of blessed Love, 
In Jesus Christ to us unsealed, 

Fire, which no finite heart could prove 
Depths, to no human thought revealed ; 

Thou lovest sinners — lovest me, 

Thou blessest those who cursed thee : 

great, kind, loving One, 

What worthless creatures shinest thou on ! 

Thou King of Light ! our deepest longing 
Is shallow to thy depths of grace ; 

Deep are the woes to us belonging, 
But deeper far thy joy to bless. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 47 

Teach us to trust the Father's love, 
Still looking to the Son above ; 
Blest Spirit ! through our spirits pour 
True prayers and praises evermore. 

Jesus ! thine own with rich grace filling, 

Thy mighty blessing on us shed, 
New life through every member thrilling, 

Diffused from thee, the living Head ; 
Show us how light thy mild yoke is. 
And how from self's hard yoke it frees. 
If thou wilt teach thy household so, 
The works the Master's hand shall show. 

ZiNZEKDORF, died 1760. 



i@B WITl MI, 

" Ooit bei mir mi jedem Orte." 



My God with me in every place ! 

Firmly does the promise stand, 
On land or sea, with present grace 

Still to aid us near at hand. 

If you ask, " Who is with thee ?' 

God is here — my God with me ! 



48 SACRED LYRICS 

No depth, nor prison, nor the grave, 
Can exclude him from his own : 

His cheering presence still I have, 
If in crowds or all alone. 
In whatever state I be, 
Everywhere is God with me ! 

My God for me ! — I dare to say, 

God the portion of my soul ! 
Nor need I tremble in dismay 

When around me troubles roll. 

If you ask, "What comforts thee?" 

It is this — God is for me ! 

Ah ! faith has seen him cradled lie, 

Here on earth a weeping child ; 
Has seen him for my vileness die, 

Him, the sinless, undefiled ! 

And thus I know it true to be, 

God, my Saviour, is for me ! 

In life, in death, with God so near 

Every battle I shall win, 
Shall boldly press through dangers here, 

Triumph over every sin ! 

"What!" you say, "a victor be?" 

No, not I, but God in me ! 

C. H. Zeller, born 1779. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 49 



\ 



How weary and how worthless this life at times appears L 
What days of heavy musings, what hours of bitter tears! 
How dark the storm-clouds gather along the wintry skies. 
How desolate and cheerless the path before us lies ! 

And yet these days of dreariness are sent us from above, 
They do not come in anger, but in faithfulness and love ; 
They come to teach us lessons which bright ones could 

not yield, 
And to leave us blest and thankful when their purpose is 

fulfilled. 

They come to draw us nearer to our Father and our Lord, 
More earnestly to seek his face, to listen to his word, 
And to feel, if now around us a desert land we see, 
Without the star of promise, what would its darkness be ! 

They come to lay us lowly, and humbled in the dust, 
All self-deception swept away, all creature-hope and trust ; 
Our helplessness, our vileness, our guiltiness to own. 
And flee for hope and refuge to Christ, and Christ alone. 



60 SACREDLYRICS 

They come to break the fetters which here detain us fast, 
And force our long reluctant hearts to rise to heaven at 

last, 
And brighten every prospect of that eternal home, 
Where grief and disappointment and fear can never come. 

Then turn not in despondence, poor weary heart, away, 
But meekly journey onwards, through the dark and cloudy 

day. 
Even now the bow of promise is above thee painted bright, 
And soon a joyful morning shall dissipate the night. 

Thy God hath not forgot thee, and, when he sees it best, 
Will lead thee into sunshine, will give thee bowers of rest ; 
And all thy pain and sorrow, when thy pilgrimage is o'er. 
Shall end in heavenly blessedness, and joys for evermore ! 

Spitta, born 1801. 



LIT MI f TO Till ! 

" Sieh, liter bin ich, Ehren-Konig." 

Behold me here, in grief draw near, 
Pleading at thy throne, King ; 

To thee each tear, each trembling fear, 
Jesus, Son of man ! I bring. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 51 

Let me find thee, — let me find thee, 
Me, a vile and worthless thing ! 

Look down in love, and from above, 

With thy Spirit satisfy ; 
Thou hast sought me, thou hast bought me, 

And thy purchase, Lord, am I. 
Let me find thee, — let me find thee. 

Here on earth, and then on high ! 

No other prayer to thee I bear, 

my Lord, but only this. 
To share thy grace, to see thy face, 

And to know thy people's bliss. 
Let me find thee, — let me find thee. 

Thee to find is blessedness ! 

Hear the broken, scarcely spoken 

Utterance of my heart to thee; 
All the crying, all the sighing. 

Of thy child accepted be. 
Let me find thee, — let me find thee. 

Thus my soul longs vehemently ! 

Worldly pleasures, earthly treasures, 

Joys and honours will not stay ; 
They often pain, and, oh ! how vain, 

Looking to eternity ! 



52 SACREDLYRICS 

Let me find thee, — let me find thee, 
Find thee, my God, this day ! 

Joachim Neander, died 1680. 



Ml f ATKE IE Til MMITI 

" Mein Vater ist der grosse Hcrr der Welt" 

My Father is the mighty Lord, whose arm 

Spans earth and sky, and shields his child from harm, 

Whose still, small voice of love is yet the same 

As once from Horeb's fiery mount it came ; 

Whose glorious works the angel-choirs declare. 

He hears their praise, — and hearkens to my prayer. 

My King is God's eternal, holy Son, 

And he anoints me as a chosen one ; 

He has redeemed me with his precious blood. 

And for unnumbered debts has surety stood. 

He fought the foe, and drew me by his hand, 

Out from his camp, into his Father's land. 

My brotherhood's a circle, stretching wide 
Around one fount, although a sea divide. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 

With fathers, who behold the Lord in light, 
With saints unborn, who shall adore his might, 
With brothers, who the race of faith now run, 
In union and communion, I am one ! 

My journey's end lies upward and afar. 

It glimmers bright, but vaguely as a star 

And oft as faith has caught some glimpse serene 

So often clouds and mists obscure the scene ; 

Yet, in this longing ends each vision dim. 

To see my Lord ! — and to be made like him ! 

My grave, so long a dark and drear abyss, 
Is now scarce noticed on the way to bliss ; 
Once at the gates of hell it yawning lay. 
Now stands as portal to the land of day ; 
It takes me to the Father's home so blest, 
It brings me to the feast, a welcome guest. 



53 



Lanoe. 




54 SACREDLYRICS 



TEI LIMB m dJB, 

Etn Lammlein geJit mid tr'dgt die Sehuld. 

A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, 

The guilt of all men bearing ; 
Laden with all the sin of earth, 

None else the burden sharing! 
Goes patient on, grows weak and faint, 
To slaughter led without complaint, 

That spotless life to offer ; 
Bears shame, and stripes, and wounds, and death, 
Anguish and mockery, and saith, 

" Willing all this I suffer." 

That Lamb is Lord of death and life, 

God over all for eA^er ; 
The Father's Son, whom to that strife 

Love doth for us deliver! 
mighty Love ! what hast thou done ! 
The Father offers up his Son — 

The Son content descendeth ! 
Love, Love ! how strong art thou ! 
In shroud and grave thou la3'^est him low 

Whose word the mountain rendeth ! 



F R M T H E G E R M A N . 55 

Him on the cross, Love, thou layest, 

Fast to that torture naihng, 
Him as a spotless lamb thou slayest ; 

His heart and flesh are failing — 
The body with that crimson flood, 
That precious tide of noble blood, 

The heart with anguish breaking ! 

Lamb ! what shall I render thee 
For all thy tender love to me, 

Or what return be making ? 

My lifelong days would I still thee 

Be steadfastly beholding; 
Thee ever, as thou ever me, 

With loving arms enfolding. 
And when my heart grows faint and chill, 
My heart's undying Light, oh still 

Abide unchanged before me ! 
Myself thy heritage I sign. 
Ransomed to be for ever thine, 

My only hope and glory. 

1 of thy majesty and grace 
Would night and day be singing; 

A sacrifice of joy and praise 
Myself to thee still bringing. 



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My stream of life shall flow to thee, 
Its steadfast current ceaselessly 

In praise to thee outpouring; 
And all the good thou dost to me 
I'll treasure in my memory, 

Deep in my heart's depths storing! 

Gate of m}^ heart, fly open wide, 

Shrine of my heart, spread forth : 
The treasure will in thee abide, 

Greater than heaven and earth. 
Away with all this poor world's treasures, 
And all this vain Avorld's tasteless pleasures, 

My treasure is in heaven : 
For I have found true riches now ; 
My treasure, Christ, my Lord art thou, 

Thy blood so freely given ! 

This treasure ever I emploj^, 

This ever aid shall yield me ; 
In sorrow it shall be my joy. 

In conflict it shall shield me. 
In joy, the music of my feast ; 
And when all else has lost its zest. 

This manna still shall feed me ; 
In thirst my drink, in want my food. 
My company in solitude. 

To comfort and to lead me ! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 57 

Death's poison cannot harm me now, 

Thy blood new life bestowing; 
My shadow from the heat art thou, 

"When the noontide is glowing. 
And when by inward grief opprest. 
My aching heart in thee shall rest, 

As tired head on the pillow. 
Should storms of persecution toss, 
Firm anchored by thy saving cross, 

My bark rests on the billow ! 

And when at last thou leadest me 

Into thy joy and light. 
Thy blood shall clothe me royally, 

Making my garments white ; 
Shall place upon my head the crown, 
Shall lead me to the Father's throne, 

And raiment fit provide me ; 
Till I, by him to thee betrothed, 
By thee in bridal costume clothed. 

Stand as a bride beside thee ! 

Gerhardt, died 1676. 



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Translated by Dr. Mills. 

Know ye the land — on earth 'twere vainly sought,- 
To which the heart in sorrows turns its thought? 
Where no complaint is heard. — tears never flow, — 
The good are blest, — the weak with vigour glow ? 
Know ye it well ? 

For this, for this, 
All earthly wish or care, my friends, dismiss ! 

Know ye the way — the rugged path of thorns ? 
His lagging progress there the traveller mourns ; 
He faints, he sinks, — from dust he cries to God — 
" Relieve me, Father, from the weary road !" 
Know ye it well ? 

It guides, it guides, 
To that dear land, where all we hope abides. 

Know ye that Friend ? — In him a man you see ;— 
Yet more than man, more than all men is he : 
Himself before us trod the path of thorns. 
To pilgrims now his heart with pity turns. 
Know ye him well ? 

His hand, his hand 
Will safely bring us to that Father-land. 

Claus Harms, born 1778. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 59 



Til BIMIfiri Oei^FM^T. 

Wo soil ich hin ? 
Translated by Dr. Mills. 

For help, Oh whither shall I flee? 

Who now to peace will guide me ? 
To none, dear Saviour, but to thee, 

Can I with hope confide me. 
'Tis thine to give the weary rest, 
The mourning soul in thee is blest, — 

Help, Jesus, the afflicted ! 

My sin, Lord, is now my grief, 

Against my will it rages : — 
Thy grace alone can bring relief, 

While sin its warfare wages. 
All that I need is known to thee, 
And now a part myself can see, — 

Help, Jesus, the sin-burdened ! 

Good Shepherd, bearest thou the weak? 

Sustain me in my weakness ! 
Thou Great Physician of the sick. 

Heal thou my moral sickness ! 



60 SACREDLYRICS 

A prey to Death I helpless fall, — 
For health and strength to thee I call, 
Save, Jesus, or I perish ! 



To those who trust thee — " Nothing fear ! 

I am the Life !" — thou criest. 
Seeks not my soul, with strong desire, 

The life which thou suppliest ? 
Through all my sorrows thou canst lead, 
In death provide for every need — 

Help, Jesus, the confiding. 

I would do good, but still I fail, — 

Must 1 thus always waver ? 
What grief it gives thou knowest well; 

Who shall my soul deliver. 
And set the slave for ever free 
From sin and death to live with thee ? — 

I thank thee, God, through Jesus ! 

Joachim Neandek, died 1680. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 61 



ElWfEEIia WITH ^lEKET. 

CouLDST thou inherit life with Christ on high ? 

Then count the cost, and know 

That here on earth below 
Thou needs must suffer with thy Lord and die. 
We reach that gain to which all else is loss, 
But through the cross. 

Oh think what sorrows Christ himself has known ! 

The scorn, and anguish sore, 

The bitter death he bore, 
Ere he ascended to his heavenly throne ; 
And deemest thou, thou canst with right complain, 
Whate'er thy pain ? 

Not e'en the sharpest sorrows we can feel. 

Nor keenest pangs, we dare 

With that great bliss compare 
When God his glory shall in us reveal, 
That shall endure when our brief woes are o'er 
For evermore ! 

Simon Dacb, died 1659. 



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Til EYMPlTll @f JIISIE. 

1st Gottfilr mich ? 

If God be on my side, 

Then let who will oppose, 
For oft ere now to him I cried, 

And he hath quelled my foes. 

If Jesus be my Friend, 

If God doth love me well, 
What matters all my foes intend, 

Though strong they be and fell. 

Here I can firmly rest, 

I dare to boast of this. 
That God the Highest and the Best, 

My Friend and Father is. 

From dangerous snares he saves; 

Where'er he bids me go, 
He checks the storms and calms the waves. 

Nor lets aught work me woe. 

I rest upon the ground 
Of Jesus and his blood, 
For 'tis through him that I have found 
The true Eternal good. 



FROMTHEGERMAN. 63 

Nought have I of my own, 
Nought in the life I lead, 
What Christ hath given me, that alone 
Is worth all love indeed. 



His Spirit in me dwells, 
O'er all my mind he reigns, 

All care and sadness he dispels. 
And soothes away all pains. 
He prospers day by day 
His work within my heart, 

Till I have strength and faith to say, 
Thou God my Father art ! 

When weakness on me lies 
And tempts me to despair, 

He speaketh words and utters sighs 
Of more than mortal prayer ; 
But what no tongue can tell, 
Thou God canst hear and see. 

Who readest in the heart full well 
If aught there pleaseth thee. 

He whispers in my breast 
Sweet words of holy cheer. 
How he who seeks in God his rest 
Shall ever find him near ; 



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How God haih built above 
A city fair and new, 
Where eye and heart shall see and prove 
What faith has counted true. 

There is prepared on high 

My heritage, my lot; 
Though here on earth I fall and die, 

My heaven shall fail me not. 

Though here my days are dark, 

And oft my tears must rain. 
Whene'er my Saviour's light I mark, 

All things grow bright again. 

Who joins him to that Lord 
Whom Satan flies and hates. 

Shall find himself despised, abhorred, 
For him the burden waits 
Of mockery and shame, 
Heaped on his guiltless head; 

And crosses, trials, cruel blame. 
Shall be his daily bread. 

I knew it long ere now, 
Yet am I not afraid; 
The God to whom I pledge my vow, 
Will surely send his aid. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 65 

At cost of all I have, 
At nost of life and limb, 
I cling to God who yet shall save, 
I wiU not turn from him. 

The world may fail and flee, 

Thou standest fast for ever, 
Not fire, or sword, or plague, from thee 

My trusting soul shall sever. 

No hunger, and no thirst, 

No poverty or pain. 
Let mighty princes do their worst, 

Shall fright me back again. 

No joys that angels know, 

No throne or wide-spread fame, 
No love or loss, no fear or woe, 

No grief of heart or shame — 

Man cannot aught conceive 

Of pleasure or of harm, 
That e'er could tempt my soul to leave 

Her refuge in thine arm. 

My heart for gladness springs, 
It cannot more be sad, 
For every joy it laughs and sings, 
Sees nought but sunshine glad. 



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The sun that glads mine eyes 
Is Christ the Lord I love, 
I sing for joy of that which lies 
Stored up for us above. 

Paul Gerhakdt, died 1676. 



II i» IS 

Wer aieh auf seiner SchtoacMeit stutzt. 

Who seeks in weakness an excuse, 

His sins will vanquish never ; 
Unless he heart and mind renews, 

He is deceived for ever. 

The straight and narrow way, 
That shines to perfect day. 

He hath not found, hath never trod ; 
Little he knows, I ween, 
What prayer and conflict mean 

To one who hath the light of God. 

In what the world calls weakness lurks 

The very strength of evil, 
Full mightily it helps the works 

Of our great foe the devil. 



PROM THE GERMAN. 67 

Awake, my soul, awake, 

Quickly thy refuge take 
With him, the Almighty, who can save : 

One look from Christ thy Lord 

Can sever every cord 
That binds thee now, a wretched slave. 

Know, the first step in Christian lore 

Is to depart from sin ; 
True faith will leave the world no more 
A place thy heart within. 

Thy Saviour's Spirit first 

The heavy bonds must burst, 
Wherein Death bound thee in thy need ; 

Then the freed spirit knows 

What strength he gives to those 
Who with their Lord are risen indeed. 

And what thy Spirit, Lord, began 

Help thou with inner might ! 
Earth has no better gift for man 
Than strength and love of right. 

Oh make thy followers just 

Who look to thee in trust, 
Thy strength and justice let us know ; 

Our souls through thee would wear 

The power of grace, most fair 
Of all the jewels faith can show. 



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Strong Son of God, break down thy foes, 

So shall we conquer ours ; 
Strong in the might from thee that flows, 
We mourn not lack of powers. 

E'er since that from above. 

The witness of thy love 
Thy Spirit came, and doth abide 

With us, dispelling fear 

And falsehood, that we here 
May fight and conquer on thy side. 

Give strength, whene'er our strength must fail ; 

Give strength the flesh to curb ; 
Give strength when craft and sin prevail 
To weaken and disturb. 

The world doth lay her snares 

To catch us unawares ; 
Give strength to sweep them all away ; 

So in our utmost need. 

And when death comes indeed. 
Thy strength shall be our perfect stay. 

Marperger, died 1746. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 69 



" Weine nieht .'" 

Weep not, — Jesus lives on high, 

Oh, sad and wearied one ! 
If thou with the burden sigh 
Of grief thou canst not shun, 
Trust him still. 
Soon there will 
Roses in the thicket stand, 
Goshen smile in Egypt's land. 

Weep not, — Jesus thinks of thee 

When all besides forget, 
And on thee so lovingly 
His faithfulness has set, 

That though all 
Ruined fall. 
Everything on earth he shaken, 
Thou wilt never be forsaken. 

Weep not, — Jesus heareth thee, 
Hears thy moanings broken, 



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Hears when thou right wearily 
All thy grief hast spoken. 

Raise thy cry, 
He is nigh, 
And when waves roll full in view, 
He shall fix their " Hitherto." 

Weep not, — Jesus loveth thee, 

Though all around may scorn, 
And though poisoned arrows be 
Upon thy buckler borne, 

With his love. 
Nought can move ; 
All may fail, — j^et only wait, 
He shall make the crooked straight. 

Weep not, — Jesus cares for thee. 

Then what of good can fail ? 
Why shouldst thou thus gloomily 
At thought of trouble quail ? 
He will bear 
All thy care ; 
And if he the burden take, 
He will all things perfect make. 

Weep not, — Jesus comforts thee. 
He yet shall come and save, 



FROM THE GERMAN. 71 

And each sorrow thou shalt see 
Lie buried in thy grave. 

Sin shall die, 

Grief shall fly, 
Thou hast wept thy latest tears 
When the Lord of life appears ! 

B. ScHMOLKE, died 1737. 



MUSI! 

Wachet auf, ihr faulen Christen. 

Arise ! ye lingering saints, arise ! 

Remember that the night of grace. 
When guilty slumbers sealed your eyes. 

Awakened you to run the race ; 
And let not darkness round you fall. 
But hearken to the Saviour's call. 

Arise ! 

Arise ! because the night of sin 
Must flee before the light of day; 

God's glorious Gospel shining in, 

Must chase the midnight gloom away 



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You cannot true disciples be 
If you still walk in vanity. 

Arise ! 

Arise ! although the flesh be weak, 
The spirit willing is and true, 

And servants of the Master seek 
To follow where it guideth to. 

Beloved ! oh, be wise indeed, 

And let the Spirit ever lead. 

Arise ! 

Arise ! because our serpent-foe 

Unwearied strives by day and night, 

Remembers time is short below, 

And wrestles on with hellish might : 

Then boldly grasp both sword and shield. 

Who slumbers on the battle field ? 

Arise ! 

Arise ! before that hour unknown. 

The hour of death that comes ere long, 

And comes not to the weak alone. 
But to the mighty and the strong. 

Beloved ! oft in spirit dwell 

Upon the hour that none can tell. 

Arise ! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 73 

Arise ! that you prepared may stand, 

Before the coming of the Lord ; 
The day of wrath draws nigh at hand, 

According to the eternal word. 
Ah ! think, perhaps this day shall see 
The dawning of eternity ! 

Arise ! 

Arise ! it is the Master's will, 

No more his heavenly voice despise, 

Why linger with the dying still ? 
He calls — Arouse you, and arise ! 

No longer slight the Saviour's call. 

It sounds to you, to me, to all. 

Arise ! 

LuDwiG A. GoTTER, died 1735. 



TEY mhh BI BMI. 

" 3Ie{n Jesu, loie dn xcilht." 

My Jesus, as thou wilt ! 

Oh, may thy will be mine ! 
Into thy hand of love 

I would my all resign. 



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Through sorrow, or through joy, 
Conduct me as thine own, 

And help me still to say, 
My Lord, thy will be done ! 

My Jesus, as thou wilt ! 

If needy here and poor. 
Give me thy people's bread, 

Their portion rich and sure. 
The manna of thy word 

Let my soul feed upon ; 
And if all else should fail — 

My Lord, thy will be done ! 

My Jesus, as thou wilt ! 

If among thorns I go. 
Still sometimes here and there 

Let a few roses blow. 
But thou on earth along 

The thorny path hast gone, 
Then lead me after thee, — 

My Lord, thy will be done ! 

My Jesus, as thou wilt! 

Though seen through many a tear, 
Let not my star of hope 

Grow dim or disappear. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 

Since thou on earth hast wept 
And sorrowed oft alone, 

If I must weep with thee, 
My Lord, thy will be done ! 

My Jesus, as thou wilt ! 

If loved ones must depart, 
Suffer not sorrow's flood 

To overwhelm my heart : 
For they are blest with thee, 

Their race and conflict won. 
Let me but follow them — 

My Lord, thy will be done ! 

My Jesus, as thou wilt ! 

When death itself draws nigh, 
To thy dear wounded side 

I would for refuge fly. 
Leaning on thee, to go 

Where thou before hast gone ; 
The rest as thou shalt please — 

My Lord, thy will be done ! 

My Jesus, as thou wilt ! 

All shall be well for me, 
Each changing future scene, 

I gladly trust with thee. 



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76 SACRED LYRICS 

Straight to my home above 
I travel calmly on, 

And sing, in life or death, 
My Lord, thy will be done ! 



1111 IE MI ElMT, 

Here is my heart ! — My God, I give it thee ; 

I heard thee call and say, 
" Not to the world, my child, but unto me ;" 

I heard, and will obey. 
Here is love's offering to my King, 
Which, a glad sacrifice, I bring — 
Here is my heart. 

Here is my heart !— surely the gift, though poor, 

My God will not despise ; 
Vainly and long I sought to make it pure. 

To meet thy searching eyes ; 
Corrupted first in Adam's fall, 
The stains of sin pollute it all — 
My guilty heart ! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 77 

Here is my heart ! — my heart so hard before, 

Now by thy grace made meet ; 
Yet bruised and wearied, it can only pour 

Its anguish at thy feet ; 
It groans beneath the weight of sin, 
It sighs salvation's joy to win — 

My mourning heart ! 

Here is my heart ! — in Christ its longings end. 

Near to his cross it draws ; 
It says, " Thou art my portion, my Friend, 

Thy blood my ransom was." 
And in the Saviour it has found 
What blessedness and peace abound — 
My trusting heart ! 

Here is my heart ! — ah ! Holy Spirit, come. 

Its nature to renew. 
And consecrate it wholly as thy home, 

A temple fair and true. 
Teach it to love and serve thee more. 
To fear thee, trust thee, and adore — 
My cleansed heart ! 

Here is my heart ! — it trembles to draw near 

The glory of thy throne ; 
Give it the shining robe thy servants wear, 

Of righteousness thine own; 



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Its pride and folly chase away, 
And all its vanity, I pray — 

My humbled heart ! 

Here is my heart ! — teach it, Lord, to cling 

In gladness unto thee ; 
And in the day of sorrow still to sing, 

" Welcome my God's decree." 
Believing, all its journeys through. 
That thou art wise, and just, and true — 
M}^ waiting heart ! 

Here is my heart ! — Friend of friends, be near, 

To make each tempter fly. 
And when my latest foe I wait with fear, 

Give me the victory ! 
Gladly on thy love reposing. 
Let me say, when life is closing — 
Here is my heart ! 




FROM THE GERMAN. 79 



Til MiiL m pATira^ie 

Ea zteht ein stiller Engel dureh dieses Erdenland. 

A GENTLE Angel walketh throughout a world of woe, 
With messages of mercy to mourning hearts below; 
His peaceful smile invites them to love and to confide, 
Oh ! follow in his footsteps, keep closely by his side ! 

So gently will he lead thee through all the cloudy day. 
And whisper of glad tidings to cheer thy pilgrim-way; 
His courage never failing, when thine is almost gone, 
He takes thy heavy burden, and helps to bear it on. 

To soft and tearful sadness he changes dumb despair, 
And soothes to deep submission the storm of grief and care ; 
Where midnight shades are brooding, he pours the light 

of noon, 
And every grievous wound he heals, most surely, if not 

soon. 

He will not blame thy sorrows, while he brings the heal- 
ing balm; 

He does not chide thy longings, while he soothes them 
into calm ; 



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And when thy heart is murmuring, and wildly asking, 

Why? 
He smiling beckons forward, points upward to the sky. 

He will not always answer thy questions and thy fear, 
His watchword is, "Be patient, the journey's end is near !" 
And ever through the toilsome way, he tells of joys to 

come, 
And points the pilgrim to his rest, the wanderer to his 

home. 



Flteast, ihr Augen, fliesst von Thr'dnen. 

Flow, my tears, flow still faster, 

Thus my guilt and sin bemoan ; 
Mourn, my heart, in deeper anguish, 

Over sorrows not thine own ! 

See, a spotless Lamb draws nigh 

To Jerusalem to die ; 

For thy sins, the Sinless One ; 

Think ! ah, think ! what thou hast done ! 



FROMTHEGEllMAN. 81 

See him stand while cruel fetters 

Bind the hands that framed the world, 
While around him bitter mocking, 

Laughter, and contempt are hurled ; 

Heathen rage and Jewish scorn 

Meekly for our sins are borne. 

Sin has brought him from above, 

Who can fathom such a love ? 



Soon the heavy doom is spoken, 
Even Pilate's pleading ceased ; 

Jesus to the cross is chosen, 
And Barabbas is released ! 
Ah ! there is no loving word, 
Not one voice of pity heard! 
But the loud and frenzied cry, 
" Crucify him — crucify ! " 

Can we view the Saviour given 
To the smiters' hands for us ? 

Can we all unmoved, unhumbled, 

See him mocked and slighted thus- 

View the thorny chaplet made 

For his meek and silent head, 

Hear the loud and angry din, 

And not tremble for our sin ? 
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82 SACREDLY EICS 

Follow from the hall of judgment 
This sad Saviour on his way ; 

But, in spirit, as ye journey, 
Often pause and humbly pray; 
Pray the Father to behold 
By the Son thy ransom told, 
And a substitute for thee 
In his Well-Beloved see ! 



Must I, Jesus, thus behold thee 
In thy toil and sorrow here ? 

Can I nothing better yield thee 
Than my unavailing tear? 
Lamb of God ! I weep for thee ! 
Weep, thy cruel cross to see — 
Weep, for death that death destroys ! 
Weep, for grief that brings me joys ! 

Poor is all that I can offer, 
Soul and body while I live ; 

Take it, my Saviour, take it, 
I have nothing more to give. 
Come and in this heart remain, 
Let each enemy be slain. 
Let me live and die with thee; 
To thy kingdom welcome me ! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 83 

Loud and louder saints are singing, 

Glory ! glory ! Christ, to thee ! 
Over death and hell for ever 

Thou hast triumphed gloriously. 

I am thine, and thou art mine : 

Oh ! to see thy brightness shine ! 

Lord ! thy day of grief is o'er, 

Come I in glory — come once more ! 

Laurentius, died 1722. 



O SILENT Lamb ! for me thou hast endured ; 

Jesus, thou holy, perfect, sinless One ! 
Thy grief and bitter anguish have secured 
My soul's salvation, when this race is run ; 
Then let me to thine image true. 
Thus meekly suffer with the crown in view. 

The narrow way that leads us up to heaven. 
Must here through strife and tribulation lie : 

Then in the thorny path may strength be given, 
This sinful flesh, Lord, to crucify. 



84 SACRED LYRICS 

take this feebleness away, 

And make me strong to meet each future day. 

Here daily crosses come to try our weakness, 

Here everj'' member must some burden bear ; 
But my Saviour, if I take with meekness 
The cross appointed by thy love and care, 
Too great, too long, it will not be. 
For it is weighed and measured out by thee. 

If thus we journey patiently through sadness. 
Each grief will make us dearer to our Lord ; 
But if we flee the cross in search of gladness. 
We cannot shun his dread, avenging sword. 
blessed they who hear the call, 
Who take the cross, and follow, bearing all ! 

So help me. Lord, thy holy will to suffer. 

And still a learner at thy feet to be ; 
Give faith and patience when the way is rougher, 
And at the end a joyful victory. 

Thus grief itself is changed to song, 
Ofttimes on earth, but evermore ere long. 

BoGATZKY, died 1774. 



FROM THE GERMAN, 



85 



Befiehl dii deine Wege. 
Translated by the Rev. R. P. Dunn. 

Commit thy way unto the Lord, 

Thy heavy burden roll 
On him whose all-creating word 

Doth heaven and earth control. 
He to the air, the cloud, the wind, 

Their viewless path doth show; 
And he a way secure will find 

In which thy feet may go. 

Upon the Lord thou must rely, 

If thou wouldst win success; 
Upon his work must fix thine eye, 

Ere he thy work can bless ; 
The joys which thou dost highly prize, 

And seek with pain and care. 
To human effort he denies, 

But gives to humble prayer. 

Father, thine endless truth and grace 

Alone can see and know. 
Whatever to our mortal race 

Brings either weal or woe. 



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In varied course, all earthly things 
Thy sovereign schemes fulfil ; 

From thee all life and being springs, 
Obedient to thy will. 

Thy grace in every path can tread, 

Thy power all means employ; 
About thy footsteps light is shed, 

Around thy dealings joy ; 
Thy plan no hindrance ever knows, 

Thy busy hand no rest, 
While thine abounding love bestows 

What for thy saints is best. 

Although the embattled hosts of hell 

God's counsel should oppose, 
They never can our God compel 

To yield before his foes. 
What from eternity he planned, 

Whate'er decreed to send. 
That shall his all-controlling hand 

Bring to its destined end. 

Why, then, art thou oppressed with grief. 
My soul ? Why bowed so low ? 

Thy God to thee will bring relief. 
E'en in the depths of woe. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 87 

Hope on, for all will yet be well ; 

Await the appointed hour ; 
The sun of joy shall yet dispel 

The clouds that round thee lower. 

Bid to thy anxious cfires and woe 

A long and glad farewell ; 
Those sad and gloomy thoughts let go, 

Which in thy bosom dwell. 
Thou bearest no sceptre in thy hand, 

To which all things submit ; 
The world obeys thy God's command. 

He doeth what is fit. 

Let Him alone the world control, 

None wiser reigns than he ; 
The dealings of his hand thy soul 

With wondering eye shall see, 
When at the time that he shall choose, 

His kind and wise decree 
Thy heavy burdens shall unloose, 

And bid thy sorrows flee. 

The consolations of his grace 

May for a while delay ; 
He for a time may hide his face, 

And leave thy soul to say, 



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" My God hath sure despised my pain, 
My sufferings hath forgot, 

And though in anguish I complain, 
His eye regardeth not." 

Thou err'st ; thy God doth not forget 

The steadfast, faithful mind ; 
When least expected, thou shalt yet 

A great deliverance find ; 
He from thy weary, burdened heart 

The heavy load will raise, 
Beneath whose useful weight thou art 

A mourner all thy days. 

Triumphal songs await thee now. 

Servant of God ! well done ! 
Enter thy welcome rest, for thou 

The victor's crown hast won. 
Thy God himself the conqueror's palm 

Into thy hand shall give, 
And thou shalt swell the jo3'ful psalm 

To him who bade thee live. 

Oh ! may we hear thy gracious word 
Pronounce our sorrows past ; 

Establish thou our goings, Lord ; 
And while our wanderings last. 



F R M T H E G E R M A N . 89 

Let sacred duties every day 

Our highest pleasure be ; 
And may the strait and narrow way 

Conduct our souls to thee. 

Pattl Gerhardt, died 1676. 



Macht hoch das Thor, die Thiiren weit. 

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates, 
Behold the King of glory waits, 
The King of kings is drawing near, 
The Saviour of the world is here ; 
Life and salvation doth he bring, 
Wherefore rejoice, and gladly sing, 

Praise, my God, to thee ! 

Creator, wise is thy decree ! 

The Lord is just, a helper tried, 
Mercy is ever at his side. 
His kingly crown is holiness, 
His sceptre, pity in distress, 



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The end of all our woe he brings ; 
Wherefore the earth is glad and sings, 

Praise, my God, to thee ! 

Saviour, great thy deeds shall be ! 

Oh, blest the land, the city blest, 
Where Christ the ruler is confest ! 
happy hearts and happ}^ homes, 
To whom this King in triumph comes ! 
The cloudless Sun of joy he is. 
Who bringeth pure dehght and bliss ; 

Praise, my God, to thee ! 

Comforter, for thy comfort free ! 

Fling wide the portals of your heart, 
Make it a temple set apart 
From earthly use for heaven's employ, 
Adorned with prayer, and love, and joy ; 
So shall your Sovereign enter in, 
And new and nobler life begin. 
Praise, my God, be thine, 
For word, and deed, and grace divine. 

Redeemer, come ! I open wide 
My heart to thee — here, Lord, abide ! 
Let me thy inner presence feel. 
Thy grace and love in me reveal. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 91 

Thy Holy Spirit guide us on 

Until our glorious goal be won ! 
Eternal praise and fame, 
Be offered, Saviour, to thy name ! 

Weissel, died 1635. 



i®B m BI TMiTIB. 

My God ! lo ! here before thy face 

I cast me in the dust; 
Where is the hope of happier days ? 

Where is my wonted trust ? 
Where are the sunny hours I had 

Ere of thy light bereft ? 
Vanished is all that made me glad, 

My pain alone is left. 

I shrink with fear and sore alarm 

When threatening ills I see. 
As in mine hour of need thine arm 

No more could shelter me ; 
As though thou couldst not see the grief 

That makes my courage quail ; 



92 SACREDLYRICS 

As though thou wouldst not send relief, 
When human helpers fail. 

Cannot thy might avert e'en now 

What seems my certain doom, 
And still with light and succour bow 

To him who weeps in gloom ? 
Art thou not evermore the same ? 

Hast not thyself revealed 
In Holy Writ, that we may claim 

Thee for our strength and shield ? 



'ft* 



Father, compass me about 
With love, for I am weak ; 

Forgive, forgive my sinful doubt, 

Thy pitying glance I seek ; 
For torn and anguished is my heart, 

Thou seest it, my God ; 
Oh soothe my conscience' bitter smart, 

Lift off my sorrows' load. 

1 know thy thoughts are peace toward me, 

Safe am I in th}'' hands, 
Could I but firmly build on thee, 

For sure thy counsel stands ! 
Whate'er thy word hath promised, all 

Wilt thou full surely give ; 



FROM THEGER MAN. 93 

Wherefore from thee I will not fall, 
Thy word doth make me live. 

ThouQ^h mountains crumble into dust, 

Thy covenant standeth fast ; 
Who follows thee in pious trust. 

Shall reach the goal at last. 
Though strange and winding seem the way 

While yet on earth I dwell, 
In heaven my heart shall gladly say, 

Thou, God, dost all things well ! 

Take courage then, my soul, nor steep 

Thy days and nights in tears, 
Soon shalt thou cease to mourn and weep, , 

Though dark are now thy fears. 
He comes, he comes, the strong to save. 

He comes nor tarries more, 
His light is breaking o'er the wave. 

The clouds and storms are o'er. 

Drewes. 1797. 



94 SACRED LYRICS 



Hinge recJit, loenn Gottes Gnade. 

yxRiVE, when thou art called of God, 
When he draws thee by his grace, 

Strive to cast away the load 

That would clog thee in the race ! 

Fight, though it may cost thy life, 
Storm the kingdom, but prevail. 

Let not Satan's fiercest strife 

Make thee, warrior, faint or quail. 

Wrestle, till through ever}'' vein 

Love and strength are glowing warm, 

Love, that can the world disdain. 
Half-love will not bide the storm. 

Wrestle, with strong prayers and cries, 
Think no time too much to spend. 

Though the night be passed in sighs, 
Though all day thy voice ascend. 

Hast thou won the pearl of price. 
Think not thou hast reached the goal, 



FROM THE GERMAN. 95 

Conquered every sin and vice 

That had power to harm thy soul. 

Gaze with mingled joy and fear 

On the refuge thou hast found ; 
Know, while yet we linger here 

Perils ever hem us round. 

Art thou faithful ? then oppose 

Sin and wrong with all thy might ; 

Care not how the tempest blows, 
Only care to win the fight. 

Art thou faithful ? Wake and watch. 
Love with all thy heart Christ's ways, 

Seek not transient ease to snatch, 
Look not for reward or praise. 

Art thou faithful ? Stand apart 
From all worldly hope and pleasure. 

Yonder fix thy hopes and heart, 

On the heaven where lies our treasure. 

Soldiers of the Cross, be strong, 
Watch and war 'mid fear and pain, 

Daily conquering woe and wrong. 
Till our King o'er earth shall reign ! 

WiNKLBB, died 1722. 



96 SACRED LYRICS 



1®FI IJ mWi MIECT. 

Not in anger smite us, Lord, 

Spare thy people, spare ! 
If thou mete us due reward 
We must all despair. 
Let the flood 
Of Jesus' blood 
Quench the flaming of thy wrath. 
That our sin enkindled hath. 

Father ! thou hast patience long 

With the sick and weak ; 
Heal us, make us brave and strong, 
Words of comfort speak. 
Touch my soul. 
And make me whole 
With thy healing precious balm ; 
Ward off all would work me harm. 

Weary am I, Lord, and worn 
With my ceaseless pain ; 

Sad the heart that night and morn 
Sighs for help in vain. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 97 

Wilt thou yet 

My soul forget, 
Waiting anxiously for thee 
In the cave of misery ? 

Hence, ye foes ! God hears my prayer 

From his holy place ; 
Once again with hope I dare 
Come before his face. 
Satan flee, 
Hell touch not me ; 
God hath given me power o'er all, 
Who once mocked and sought my fall. 

Albinus, died 1679. 



Til MEECT W 0JB. 

Jch habe nun den Orund gefunden. 
Translated by Dr. Mills. 

I NOW have found, for hope of heaven, 
An anchor-ground that firm will hold ; 



98 SACRED LYRICS 

'Twas through the cross of Jesus given, 
By God appointed from of old ; 
A ground that shall enduring stay, 

When earth and skies haA'^e passed away. 

'Tis God's own mercy, never ending, 
Its measure all our thoughts exceeds ; 

While Jesus too, his arms extending, — 
Whose heart for guilty sinners bleeds,- 
Now with compassion calls his foes 
To flee from sin and endless woes. 

And why should we be lost for ever, 
Since God to us commends his love? 

His Son, with message of his favour. 
Invites to hoi}'' joys above : 
To win our hearts, as oft before. 
He now is knocking at the door. 



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This love's a deep, our follies hiding; 

The death of Christ — a matchless grace, 
To life and peace our spirits guiding, 

Where wrath no more shall find a place. 

His blood for us is pleading still — 

"Let mercy all its work fulfil!" 

From this will I my comfort borrow, 
With joy will trust my Saviour's plea, 



FROM THE GERMAN. 99 

And, while for sin I deeply sorrow, 
Now to the Father's pity flee, — 
In him will ever seek a friend 
Whose grace in Christ will never end. 

Of all beside were I forsaken 

That could my soul or body cheer; 

From me if joys of earth were taken, 
If not a friend were left me here, 
One joy remains — the richest, best, — 
For I with pardoning love am blest. 

Should earthly cares still gather round me 
And joined with griefs should malice rise, 

Together striving to confound me, 
Or into sin my soul surprise, 
Should sorrows high o'er sorrows swell. 
Let Mercy smile, and all is well. 

Whene'er I look my doings over, — 

The best of all that I have done, — 
Much wrong and weakness I discover. 

And boasting is for ever gone : 

But in one thing I can confide, — 

'Tis mercy, — and in nought beside. 

He leads, and always will be nigh me, 
Who has on me his mercy set ; 



100 SACRED LYRICS 

With all I need he will supply me, 
Nor let my soul his grace forget : 
What joys or sorrows may befall, 
I'll trust his grace alike in all. 

Upon this ground I will sustain me, 
Long as the earth my dwelling prove ; 

To serve my God and Saviour train me, 
Till, dying, I shall rise above, 
And there, rejoicing, shall adore 
Unbounded mercy evermore. 

A. RoTHE, died 1758. 



Haupt roll Blut und Witnden. 
TransIiAted by Dr. J. W. Alexander. 

Sacred Head, now wounded, 

With grief and shame weighed down; 

Now scornfully surrounded 
With thorns, thy only crown ; 



FROM THE GERMAN. 101 

sacred head, what glory, 

What bliss, till now was thine ! 
Yet, though despised and gory, 

I joy to call thee mine. 

noblest brow, and dearest, 

In other days the world 
All feared, when thou appearedst ; 

What shame on thee is hurled ! 
How art thou pale with anguish, 

With sore abuse and scorn ! 
How does that visage languish 

Which once was bright as morn ! 

The blushes late residing 

Upon that holy cheek. 
The roses once abiding 

Upon those lips so meek; 
Alas ! they have departed ; 

Wan death has rifled all ! 
For, weak and broken-hearted, 

I see thy body fall. 

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered 

Was all for sinners' gain ; 
Mine, mine was the transgression, 

But thine the deadly pain. 



102 SACRED LYRICS 

Lo ! here I fall, my Saviour ! 

'Tis I deserve thy place, 
Look on me with thy favour, 

Vouchsafe to me thy grace. 

Receive me, my Redeemer, 

My Shepherd, make me thine ; 
Of every good the fountain. 

Thou art the spring of mine. 
Thy lips, with love distilling, 

And milk of truth sincere. 
With heaven's bliss are filling 

The soul that trembles here. 

Beside thee, Lord, I've taken 

My place, forbid me not ! 
Hence will I ne'er be shaken, 

Though thou to death be brought. 
If pain's last paleness hold thee. 

In agony opprest — 
Then, then I will enfold thee 

Within this arm and breast ! 

The joy can ne'er be spoken 

Above all joys beside, 
When in thy body broken 

I thus with safety hide. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 103 

My Lord of life, desiring 

Thy glory now to see, 
Beside the cross expiring I 

I'd breathe my soul to thee. 

What language shall I borrow 

To thank thee, dearest Friend, 
For this thy dying sorrow 

Thy pity without end! 
Oh make me thine for ever, 

And should I fainting be. 
Lord, let me never, never 

Outlive ni}^ love to thee. 

If I, a wretch, should leave thee, 

Jesus, leave not me ; 
In faith may I receive thee, 

When death shall set me free. 
When strength and comfort languish. 

And I must hence depart, 
Release me then from anguish 

By thine own wounded heart. 

And when I am departing, 

Oh part not thou from me ; 
When mortal pangs are darting, 

Come, Lord, and set me free ! 



104 SACRED LYRICS 

And when my heart must languish 

Amidst the final throe, 
Release me from my anguish 

By thine own pain and woe ! 

Paul Gerhardt, died 1676, 



Endlich bricht der heisse Tiegel. 
Translated by Dr. J. W. Alexander. 

Now the crucible is breaking ! 
Now my faith its seal is taking ; 

Molten gold unhurt by fire. 
Only thus 'tis ever given, 
Up to joys of highest heaven. 

For God's children to aspire. 

Thus by griefs, the Lord is moulding, 
Mind and spirit here unfolding, 

His own image, to endure. 
Now he shapes our dust, but later 
Is the inner man's Creator ; 

Thus he works by trial sure. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 105 

Sorrows quell our insurrection, 
Bring our members to subjection, 

Under Christ's prevailing will; 
While the broken powers he raises 
To the work of holy praises, 

Quietly and softly still. 

Sorrows gather home the senses. 
Lest, seduced by earth's pretences, 

They should after idols stroll. 
Like an angel guard, repelling 
Evil from the inmost dwelling. 

Bringing order to the soul. 

Sorrow now the harp is stringing 
For the everlasting singing, 

Teaching us to soar above ; 
Where the blessed choir palm-bearing, 
Harps are playing, crowns are wearing. 

Round the throne with songs of love. 

Sorrow makes alert and daring. 
Sorrow is our clay preparing 

For the cold rest of the grave. 
Sorrow is a herald, hasting, 
Of that spnngtide whose unwasting 

Health the dying soul shall save. 



106 SACRED LYRICS 

Sorrow makes our faith abiding, 
Lowly, childlike and confiding ; 

Sorrow ! who can speak thy grace ! 
Earth may name thee tribulation. 
Heaven has nobler appellation : 

Not thus honoured all our race. 

Brethren, these our perturbations. 
Step by step, through many stations 

Lead disciples to their sun. 
Soon — though many a pang has wasted, 
Soon — though many a death been tasted, 

Sorrow's watch of sighs is done. 

Though the healthful powers were willing. 
All the Master's will fulfilling. 

By obedience to be tried, 
Oh 'tis still no less a blessing, 
Such a Master's care possessing 

In his furnace to abide. 



Li the depth of keenest anguish, 
More and more the heart shall languish 

After Jesus' loving heart, 
For one blessing only crying ; 
Make me like thee in thy dying. 

Then thy endless life impart ! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 107 

Till at length, with sighs all breaking 
Through each bond its passage taking, 

Lo ! the veil is rent in twain ! 
Who remembers now earth's treasure ? 
What a sea of godlike pleasure, 

High in heaven swells amain ! 

Now, with Jesus ever reigning. 
Where the ransomed home are gaining, 

Bathing in the endless light. 
All the heavenly ones are meeting ! 
Brothers, sisters, let us, greeting. 

Claim them ours by kindred right. 

Jesus ! toward that height of heaven, 
May a prospect clear be given, 

Till the parting hour shall come. 
Then, from pangs emerging brightly, 
May we all be wafted lightly. 

By angelic convoy home ! 

C. F. Hartmann, died 1815. 



108 



SACRED LYRICS 



In einem dunkeln Thai. 
Translated by the Rev. C. Vi. Shields. 

Down in a gloomy dell 

I lay in troubled vision, 
When on my spirit fell, 

What seemed a sight Elysian. 

'Twas home stood full in view, 

The sunrise o'er it gleaming : 
How pure the welkin's blue ! 

The flowers how gailj^ beaming ! 

What glory rested on 

That clime of the ideal ! 
I woke : the dream was gone, 

And pain alone was real. 

Since then that vale I roam, 
With restless yearning driven, 

But find not there the home. 
Found nowhere but in heaven. 

JUSTINDS KeRNER. 



FROM THE GERMAN, 



109 



TEi IlTIf IT¥ m (SIEIET, 

£s kommt ein ScMff geladen. 
Translated by the Rev. C. "W. Shields. 

There comes a bark full laden : 
The sea of time is stirred — 

God's Son, the gracious burden, 
The eternal Father's Word. 



The bark moves gently driven, 
It bears a precious trust : 

The sail, the love of Heaven ; 
The breeze, the Holy Ghost. 

Earth's isle the anchor cleaveth, 
The bark is safely moored, 

God's Word our flesh receiveth. 
Our steadfast hope secured. 

A child at Bethlehem weeping, 
And in a manger laid, 

Our sins and sorrows keeping — 
Oh blessed be the babe ! 



110 



SACRED L YKICS 

Whoso that heavenly stranger, 
Would fold in sweet caress, 

His footsteps from the manger, 
Must follow to the cross ; 

With Him must likewise perish. 
And sinless rise to heaven ; 

The eternal life to cherish, 
Which unto him was sriven. 



Gib dich zufrieden und sey stille. 

Be thou content ; be still before 

His face, at whose right hand doth reign 
Fulness of joy for evermore ; 

Without whom all thy toils are vain. 
He is thy living spring, thy sun, whose rays 
Make glad with life and light thy weary days; 
Be thou content. 



FROM THE GERMAN. Ill 

Art tliou all friendless and alone, 

Hast none in whom thou canst confide ? 
God careth for thee, lonely one ; 
Comfort and help will he provide. 
He sees thy sorrows and thy hidden grief, 
He knoweth when to send thee c[uick relief; 
Be thou content. 

Lay not to heart whate'er of ill 

Thy foes may falsely speak of thee ; 
Let man defame thee as he will, 
God hears and judges righteously. 
Why shouldst thou fear, if God be on thy side, 
Man's cruel anger, or malicious pride ? 
Be thou content. 

We know for us a rest remains. 

When God will give us sweet release 
From earth and all our mortal chains, 
And turn our sufferings into peace. 
Sooner or later death will surely come 
To end our sorrows, and to take us home. 
Be thou content. 

Home to the chosen onesj who here 
Served their Lord faithfully and well ; 

Who died in peace, without a fear, 
And there in peace for ever dwell; 



112 SACRED LYRICS 

The Everlasting is their joy and stay, 
The eternal Lord himself to them doth say, 
Be thou content. 

Paul Gehhardt, died 1676. 



I 

I WILL not let thee go ; thou help in time of need ! 
Heap ill on ill, 
I trust thee still. 
E'en when it seems as thou wouldst slay indeed ! 
Do as thou wilt with me, 
I yet will cling to thee ; 
Hide thou thy face, yet help in time of need, 
I will not let thee go ! 

I will not let thee go ; should I forsake my bliss ? 
No, Lord, thou'rt mine, 
And I am thine, 
Thee will I hold when all things else I miss ; 
Though dark and sad the night, 
Joy Cometh with thy light, 
thou my Sun ; should I forsake my bliss ? 
1 will not let thee go ! 



FROM THE GERMAN 



113 



I will not let thee go, my God, my Life, my Lord ! 
Not death can tear 
Me from His care, 
Who for my sake his soul in death outpoured. 
Thou diedst for love to me, 
I say in love to thee. 
E'en when my heart shall break, my God, my Life, my 
Lord, 
I will not let thee go ! 

Dessler, died 172if. 



Aua tiefer Noih achrei' icTi zu dir. 

Out of the depths 1 cry to thee, 
Lord God ! oh hear my prayer ! 

Incline a gracious ear to me. 
And bid me not despair : 

If thou rememberest each misdeed, 

If each should have its rightful meed, 
Lord, who shall stand before thee ? 



114 SACRED LYRICS 

Lord, through thy love alone we gain 

The pardon of our sin ; 
The strictest life is but in vain, 

Our works can nothing win, 
That none should boast himself of aught, 
But own in fear thy grace hath wrought 
What in him seemeth righteous. 

Wherefore my hope is in the Lord, 

My works I count but dust ; 
I build not there, but on his word, 

And in his goodness trust. 
Up to his care myself I yield, 
He is my tower, my rock, my shield, 
And for his help I tarry. 

And though it tarry till the night, 

And round again to morn. 
My heart shall ne'er mistrust thy might. 

Nor count itself forlorn. 
Do thus, ye of Israel's seed, 
Ye of the Spirit born indeed. 
Wait for your God's appearing. 

Though great our sins and sore our wounds. 

And deep and dark our fall. 
His helping mercy hath no bounds. 

His love surpasseth all. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 115 

Our trusty loving Shepherd he, 
Who shall at last set Israel free 
From all their sin and sorrow. 

Luther, died 1546. 



TIME m mm^. 

Du weinest ob Jeruealem. 

Thou weepest o'er Jerusalem, 

Lord Jesus, bitter tears ; 
But deepest comfort lies in them 

For us, whose sins have filled our souls with fears : 
Since that they tell, 
When sinners turn to thee thou lovest it well. 
And surely wilt efface, of thy unbounded grace, 
All the misdeeds that on our conscience dwell. 

When God's just wrath and anger bum 

Against me for my sin. 
To these sad tears of thine I turn, 

And watching them fresh hope and courage win. 



116 SACRED LYRICS 

For God doth prize 
These drops so greatly, that before His eyes 
Who sprinkles o'er his soul with them is clean and whole, 
And from his sorrows' depth new joy shall rise. 

Earth is the home of tears and woe, 

Where we must often weep,. 
Fighting the world our mighty foe, 

Whose enmity to thee doth never sleep. 
My heart is torn 
Afresh each day by her fierce rage and scorn. 
But in my saddest hours, I think upon those showers 
That tell how thou hast all our sorrows borne. 

Thou countest up my tears and sighs ; 

E'en were they numberless, 
Not one is hidden from thine eyes, 

Thou ne'er forgettest me in my distress, 
But when they rain 
Before thee, thou dost quickly turn again, 
Hast pity on my woe, and makest me to know 
What sweetest joy lies hid in sorest pain. 

We sow in tears ; but let us keep 

Our faith in God, and trust him still. 
Yonder our harvest we shall reap, 

Where gladness every heart and mouth shall fill. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 117 

Such joy is there 
No mortal tongue its glory can declare, 
A joy that shall endure, changeless and deep and pure, 
That shall be ours, if here the cross we bear. 

Christ, I thank thee for thy tears ; 

Those tears have won for me 
That I shall wear, through endless years, 
A crown of joy before my God and thee. 
All weeping o'er. 
Up to thy chosen saints I once shall soar, 
And there th)^ pity praise, in more befitting lays, 
Thou glory of thy Church, for evermore. 

Heeruann, died 1647. 



Til mm m maet. 

Pure Essence ! Spotless Fount of Light, 

That ffidest never into dark ! 
thou, whose ej^es, more clear and bright 

Than noonday sun, are quick to mark 



118 SACRED LYRICS 

Our sins ; lo ! bare before thy face 
Lies all the desert of my heart, 
My once fair soul in every part 

Now stained with evil foul and base. 

Since but the pure in heart are blest, 
With promised vision of their God, 

Sore fear and anguish fill my breast, 
Remembering all the ways I trod ; 

Mourning 1 see my lost estate, 
And yet in faith 1 dare to cry, 
Oh let my evil nature die. 

Another heart in me create ! 

Enough, Lord, that my foe too well 
Hath lured me once away from thee ; 

Henceforth I know his craft how fell, 
And all his deep-laid snares I flee. 

Lord, through the Spirit whom thy Son 
Hath bidden us in prayer to ask, 
Arm us with might that every task, 

Whate'er we do, in thee be done. 

Unworthy am I of thy grace. 

So deep are my transgressions, Lord, 

And yet once more I seek thy face ; 
My God, have mercy, nor reward 



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FROM THE GERMAN. 119 

My deepened sins, my follies vain ; 
Reject, reject me not in wrath, 
But let thy sunshine now beam forth, 

And quicken me with hope again. 

The Holy Spirit thou hast given. 

The wondrous pledge of love divine. 
Who fills our hearts with joys of heaven, 

And bids us earthly toys resign ; 
Oh let his seal be on my heart. 

Oh take him never more away, 

Until this fleshly house decay, 
And thou shalt bid me hence depart. 

But ah ! my coward spirit droops. 

Sick with the fear that enters in 
Whene'er a soul to bondage stoops. 

And wears the shameful yoke of sin ; 
Oh quicken with the strength that flows 

From forth the eternal Fount of Life, 

My soul half-fainting in the strife, 
And make an end of all my woes. 

I cling unto thy grace alone, 

Thy steadfast oath my only rest ; 
To thee, heart-searcher, aU is known 

That lieth hidden in my breast ; 



120 SACRED LYKICS 

Thy gladness, Spirit, on me pour, 
Thy ready will my sloth inspire, 
So shall I have my heart's desire. 

And serve and praise thee evermore. 

Freylingdausen, died 1739. 



" Kommt, Kinder, lafst una gehen." 

Come, brothers, let us onward, 

Night comes without delay, 
And in this howling desert 
It is not good to stay. 
Take courage, and be strong. 
We are hasting on to heaven, 
Strength for warfare will be given, 
And glory won ere long. 

The Pilgrim's path of trial 
We do not fear to Adew ; 

We know His voice who calls us, 
We know him to be true. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 121 

Then, let who will contemn, 
But, strong in his almighty grace, 
Come, every one, with steadfast face, 

On to Jerusalem ! 

If we would walk as pilgrims, 

We must not riches heap ; 
Much treasure to have gathered 

But makes the way more steep. 
We march with laggard speed, 
Till every weight is cast aside, 
Till with the little satisfied 
That pilgrimage can need. 

Here, all unknown we wander. 
Despised on every hand. 
Unnoticed, save when slighted 
As strangers in the land. 
Our joys they will not share. 
Yet sing, that they may catch the song 
Of heaven and the happy throng 
That now await us there ! 

Come, gladly, let us onward, 

Hand in hand still go. 
Each helping one another 

Through all the way below. 



122 SACRED LYRICS 

One family of love, — 
Oh, let no voice of strife be heard. 
No discord, by the angel-guard 

Who watch us from above. 

brothers ! soon is ended 

The journey we've begun, 
Endure a little longer. 

The race will soon be run. 
And in the land of rest, 
In yonder bright, eternal home, 
Where all the Father's loved ones come, 
We shall be safe and blest ! 

Then, boldly, let us venture, 

This, this is worth the cost ! 
Though dangers we encounter, 
Though everything is lost. 
Oh world ! how vain thy call ! 
We follow Him who went before, 
We follow to the eternal shore, 
Jesus, our All in All ! 

Gerhard Tersteegen, died 1769. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 12 



9 



Ermun tert euch, ihr Frommen. 

Rejoice, all ye believers, 

And let your lights appear ; 
The evening is advancing, 

And darker night is near. 
The Bridegroom is arising, 

And soon he draweth nigh, — 
Up ! pray, and watch, and wrestle, 

At midnight comes the cry ! 

See that your lamps are burning. 

Replenish them with oil. 
And wait for j^our salvation 

The end of earthly toil. 
The watchers on the mountain 

Proclaim the Bridegroom near. 
Go, meet him as he cometh, 

With hallelujahs clear ! 

Ye wise and holy virgins, 
Now raise your voices higher, 



124 SACRED LYRICS 

Until in songs of triumph 
They meet the angel-choir. 

The marriage-feast is waiting, 
The gates wide open stand ; 

Up ! up ! ye heirs of glory, 
The Bridegroom is at hand ! 

Ye saints, who here in patience 

Your cross and sufferings bore, 
Shall live and reign for ever. 

When sorrow is no more. 
Around the throne of glory, 

The Lamb ye shall behold ; 
In triumph cast before him 

Your diadems of gold ! 

There flourish palms of vict'ry. 

There, radiant garments are, 
There stands the peaceful harvest 

Beyond the reach of war. 
There, after stormy winter. 

The flowers of earth arise. 
And from the grave's long slumber 

Shall meet again our eyes ! 

Our Hope and Expectation, 
Jesus ! now appear ; 



FROM THE GERMAN. 125 

Arise, thou Sun, so longed for, 

O'er this benighted sphere ! 
With hearts and hands uplifted. 

We plead, Lord, to see 
The day of earth's redemption 

That brings us unto thee ! 

Laurentius Laurentii, died 1722. 



JesH, Jem, hommi zii mir. 
Translated by the Rev. R. P. Dunn. 

Jesus, Jesus, visit me. 
How my soul longs after thee ! 
When, my best, my dearest Friend, 
Shall our separation end ? 

Lord, my longings never cease ; 
Without thee I find no peace. 
'Tis my constant cry to thee, 
Jesus, Jesus, visit me. 



126 SACRED LYRICS 

Mean the joys of earth appear ; 
All below is dark and drear; 
Nought but thy beloved voice 
Can my wretched heart rejoice. 

Lord, thou art of heaven the Light ! 
Heaven to me would not be bright, 
I would not its glory share, 
If my Saviour were not there. 

From my heart wilt thou remove 
All which thou dost not approve ? 
Let me own no God but thee ; 
Glorify thyself in me. 

Lord, to none on earth beside 
Thee, my heart I open wide ; 
Enter thou, possess it all : 
Thee alone my own I call. 

Thou alone, my gracious Lord, 
Art my shield and great reward ; 
All my hope, — my Saviour thou ! 
To thy sovereign will I bow. 

Come, inhabit then my heart. 
Purge its sin, and heal its smart; 



FROM THE GERMAN. 12' 

See, I ever cry to thee, 
Jesus, Jesus, visit me. 



Patiently I wait thy day ; 
For this gift alone I pray. 
That when death shall visit me, 
Thou my Light and Life wilt be. 

Angelus, died 1677. 



Ein' feste Burg ist wiser Gott. 
Translated by the Rev. R. P. Dunn. 

A STRONGHOLD firm, a trusty shield. 

When raging foes appal us. 
Our God defence and help doth yield, 
When heavy ills befall us. 
With ancient bitter hate. 
Such might and cunning great. 
As guides no earthly arm, 
Plotting us deadly harm. 
Our foe attempts to enthrall us. 



128 SACRED LYRICS 

Our human strength avails us nought, 

Our struggles soon were ended, 
And we in hellish snares were caught. 
Unless by God befriended. 

Know ye our Champion's name ? 
All heaven tells his fame, 
" Jesus, the Lord of Hosts." 
His might our weakness boasts ; 
By him are we defended. 

What though in every path of life, 

A host of fiends endeavour 
To wound us in the deadly strife ? 
Their arts shall triumph never. 
The author of all ill 
May threaten as he will ; 
His throne and empire proud, 
But for a time allowed, 
A word shall end for ever. 



God's testimony standeth sure, 

Whatever man betideth. 
He makes the weakest saint endure, 
Who in his grace confideth. 
Though the best gifts of life, 
Our foes seize in the strife. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 129 

We cheerful let them go ; 
No profit have they so, 
For heaven ours abideth. 

Luther, died 1546. 



TEI MiE §F imm fllllBi. 

Translated by Dr. Mills. 

Why weepest thou ? — The bodies of the just 

Yield Death no lasting prize : 
In dust to sleep retired, the weary dust 
In earth's still bosom lies : 
Life's blossoms, gaily blooming. 

From withering nought could save; 
Its joys and griefs entombing, 
Full welcome was the grave. 

Why weepest thou ? — Their father-land on high 

Allured their souls away : 
From earth's deep shadows, clouding all their sky. 

They sought a brighter day. 

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130 SACRED LYRICS 

Here anxious cares unnumbered 
Our hopes and peace destroy ; 

There, with no fears encumbered, 
The soul has ceaseless joy. 

Why weepest thou ? — Here e'en the righteous fall 

Oft into grievous sin ; 
The world or flesh can there no sense enthrall. 
The foe no victory win ; 
There grace fulfills its measure, 

The heart is free from stain, — 
Nor, to its hours of pleasure. 
Succeeds regret or pain. 

Why weepest thou ? — The future's dreary night 

Obstructed all their view ; 
Now happy prospects cheer their ravished sight. 
With blessings ever new : 
Apart the veil is riven 

Which o'er their vision lay ; 
Far off the clouds are driven. 
And shines a glorious day. 

Why weepest thou ? — The Saviour's gentle hand 
Has wiped away their tears : 

No sorrow enters that dear father-land 
Which to our faith appears. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 131 

His arms of love inclosing 

The weary and distressed, 
There, on his heart reposing, 

They find a bhssful rest. 

weep no more ! — He ever lives to save ! 

The dead shall hear his voice ; 
He'll bring thyself too, harmless of the grave. 
To Zion and its joys. 
Thy friends with songs shall greet thee, 

When thou shalt thither come : 
Thy lost ones there shall meet thee. 
In their eternal home. 

HoppENSACK, born 1801. 



n mi 

Translated by Dk. Mills. 

God is my Light ! — Never, my soul, despair 

In hours of thy distress ! 
The sun withdraws, and earth is dark and drear : 

My light will never cease. 



132 SACRED LYRICS 

On days of joy with splendor beaming, 
Through nights of grief, its rays are gleaming; 
God is m}^ Light ! 

God is my Trust ! — My soul, be not afraid ! 

Thy Helper will abide : 
" I'll not forsake thee ! " — He has kindly said, — 

He's ever at thy side ; 
In feeble age will yet stand by thee, 
No real good will he deny thee : — 

God is my Trust! ' 

His is the Power ! — He speaks, and it is done; 

Commands, it standeth fast ; 
Ere hope of rescue is in me begun. 

Behold, the work is past ! 
When we our weakness most are feeling, 
God loves to prove, his strength revealing, 

His is the Power. 

The Kingdom his ! — Throughout the earth he reigns 
With wisdom, grace, and might; 

The stars go on, and time its course maintains. 
Beneath his watchful sight ; 

In silence onward still proceeding. 

The universe obeys his leading, — 
The Kingdom his ! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 133 

God is my shield ! — Of me he takes the care 

As none beside could do ; 
He guards my head, — he watches every hair, 

All dangers brings me through : 
While thousands, to vain helpers calling, 

[t and left are nea 

He is my Shield ! 



On right and left are near me falling, 



God's my reward ! — Well pleased I onward go 

The path that he has shown : 
It has no trials but my God will know, 

When he awards my crown. 
I'll gladly strive, the fight sustaining. 
Until in death the victory gaining,— 

God's my R,eward ! 

Hengstenbers, 1825. 



Je grosser Kreutz,je n'dher Himmel. 
Translated by J. J. Giirnkt. 

Greater the cross, the nearer heaven ; 
Godless, to whom no cross is given ! 



134 SACRED LYRICS 

The noisy world in masquerade 
Forgets the grave, the worm, the shade; 
Blest is yon dearer child of God 
On whom he lays the cross, the rod. 

Best, b}'' whom most the cross is known ; 
God whets us on his grinding-stone ; 
Full many a garden's dressed in vain, 
Where tears of sorrow never rain. 
In fiercest flames the gold is tried. 
In griefs the Christian 's purified. 

'Midst crosses, faith her triumph knows. 
The palm tree pressed more vigorous grows ; 
Go tread the grapes beneath thy feet. 
The stream that flows is full and sweet. 
In trouble, virtues grow and shine. 
Like pearls beneath the ocean brine. 

Crosses abound, love seeks the skies ; 
Blow the rude winds, the flames arise ; 
When hopeless gloom the welkin shrouds. 
The sun comes laughing through the clouds ; 
The cross makes pure affection glow. 
Like oil that on the fire we throw. 

Who wears the cross prays oft and well, 
Bruised herbs send forth the sweetest smell ; 



FROM THE GERMAN. 135 

Were ships ne'er tossed by stormy wind, 
The pole star who would care to find ? 
Had David spent no darksome hours, 
His sweetest songs had ne'er been ours. 

From trouble springs the longing hope; 
From the deep vale we mount the slope ; 
Who treads the desert's dreariest way, 
For Canaan most will long and pray ; 
Here finds the trembling dove no rest. 
Flies to the ark and builds her nest. 

Heavy the cross, e'en death is dear; 
The sufferer sings — his end is near ; 
From sin and pain he bursts away, 
Trouble shall die that very day ! 
The cross yon silent grave adorning 
Bespeaks a bright, triumphant morning. 

Greater the cross, the lovelier rays 
The crown prepared of God displays — 
Treasure by many a conqueror worn. 
Who wears it now before the throne; 
Oh think upon that jewel fair, 
And heaviest griefs are light as air. 

Dear Lamb of God, enhance thy cross, 
More and yet more ! all else is dross. 



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SACRED LYRICS 



Let ne'er a murmur mar my rest. 
Plant thy own patience in my breast; 
To guard me, faith, hope, love, combine, 
Until the glorious crown be mine. 



B. ScHMOLKE, died 1737. 



OiEIETIM'E ISTIMMI ®f Til I?@ELB, 

Translated by Dr. Mills. 

Can I this w^orld esteem. 
Or here repose my treasure. 

When I alone in thee, 
Dear Jesus, find my pleasure ? 

Thou art my chosen good, 

Without thee, joy's a dream; 

With thee, I need no more — 

Can I this world esteem ? 

This world is like the smoke 
In air full quickly failing ; 

'Tis like the shadow vain 
Of clouds fast onward sailing : 



FROM THE GERMAN. 137 

All, all soon flits awa}^, — 
But Christ abides the same ; 
He's my enduring Rock, — 
Can I this world esteem ? 

The world their honours seek, 
To earthly great-ones bending; 

Nor will at all reflect 
That these to dust are tending : 

To Him who ever lives, 

Whom I my glory deem, 

To Christ — they scorn to bow; — 

Can I the world esteem ? 



The world for riches strive, 
Their toil no respite suffers : 

The best reward they hope 
Is treasure in their coffers : 
I know a higher good, 
A treasure that's supreme ; 
'T is Jesus, — he is mine ;— 
Can I the world esteem ? 



The world much trouble feel, 
Whoever may deride them ; 

Or when the praise they wish 
By others is denied them : 



138 SACRED LYRICS 

But if it please my Lord, 
For him I'll suffer shame, 
In this my glory find ; 
Can I this world esteem ? 

The world to darling lusts 
Admit no curb or measure, 
For seeking joys on high 
They have no heart or leisure ; 
The wretch who scorns restraint 
Will meet his friends with them ; 
While then I love my God, 
Can I the world esteem ? 

Can I this world esteem ? 
How soon its honours vanish ! 

These cannot from the brow 
Death's pallid tokens banish : 

Its riches — they are dust ! 

Its joys — a lying name ! 

But Christ — eternal bliss ! 

Can I this world esteem ? 

Can I this world esteem ? 
Christ is my life for ever. 

My wealth, all my estate : 
I rest upon his favour 



FROM THE GERMAN. 139 

My portion here, — above, 
My every hope and aim ; — 
Once more, then, I would say — 
Can 1 this world esteem ? 

G. M. Pfeffeekorn. 



MI TlIM IE lIIBCTk 

Eins ist noth ! ach Herr diess Eine. 

One thing is needful ! Let me deem 

Aright of that whereof He spoke ; 
All else, how sweet soe'er it seem. 
Is but in truth a heavy yoke, 
'Neath which the toiling spirit frets and pants. 
Yet never finds the happiness it wants : 
This One can make amends whate'er I miss, 
Who hath it finds in all his joys through this ! 

My soul, wouldst thou this one thing find ? 

Seek not amid created things ; 
Leave what is earthly far behind. 

O'er nature heavenward stretch thy wings, 



140 SACRED LYRICS 

Where God and man are one, in whom appear 
All truth and fulness, thou hast found it here, — 
The better part, the One thing needful he, 
My One, my All, my Joy, who saveth me. 

As Mary once devoutly sought 

The eternal truth, the better part, 
And sat, enwrapt in holy thought, 
At Jesus' feet with burning heart, 
For nought else caring, yearning for the word 
That should be spoken by her Friend, her Lord, 
Losing her All in him, his word believing, 
And through the One all things again receiving : 

Even so is all my heart's desire 

Fixed, dearest Lord, on thee alone; 
Oh make me true and draw me nigher, 
And make thyself, Christ, my own. 
Though many turn aside to join the crowd. 
To follow thee in love my heart is vowed, 
Thy word is life and spirit, whither go ? 
What joy is there in thee we cannot know ? 

All perfect wisdom lies in thee 

As in its primal hidden source ; 
Oh let m}'- will submissive be. 

And hold henceforth its even course, 



FROM THE GERMAN. 141 

Controlled by truth and meekness, for high heaven 
To loAvly simple hearts hath wisdom given ; 
Who knoweth Christ aright, and in him lives, 
Hath won the highest prize that wisdom gives. 

Oh that my soul from sleep might wake, 

And ever. Lord, thine image bear ! 
Thee for my portion I will take, 
Thy holiness thou bidd'st us share, 
Whate'er we need for God-like walk and life 
Is given to us in thee ; oh end this strife. 
And free me from the love of passing things. 
To know alone the life from thee that springs ! 

What can I ask for more? Behold 

Thy mercy is a very flood ; 
I know that thou hast passed of old 
Into the Holiest through thy blood. 
And there redeemed for ever those who lay 
Beneath the rule of Satan ; now are they 
Made free by thee, who erst were slaves and weak, 
And childlike hearts the name of Father speak. 

Deep joy and peace and holy calm 

Fill my once restless spirit now ; 
O'er verdant pastures free from harm, 

She follows thee, her Shepherd thou; 



142 SACRED LYRICS 

Whate'er rejoices or consoles us here, 
Is not so sweet as feeling thou art near; 
This One is needful, but all else is dross, 
Let me win Christ, all other gain is loss. 

Schroder, died 1728. 



dass icTi taiisend Zunge h'dtte. 
Translated by Dr. Mills. 

Oh that I had a thousand voices ! 
•A mouth to speak with thousand tongues I 

Then, with a heart his praise rejoices, 
Would I proclaim in grateful songs. 
To all wherever I should be, 
What 't is the Lord has done for me. 

Oh that my voice might high be sounding. 
Far as the widely distant poles ; 

My blood be quick with rapture bounding, 
Long as its vital current rolls : 



FROM THE GERMAN. 143 

And every pulse thanksgiving raise, 
And every breath, a hymn of praise ! 

Be not, my powers, in silence sleeping ; 

Awake ! — inflame your utmost zeal ! 
Your strength in constant effort keeping, 

The praises of my God to swell : 

Soul, body, all your might employ ! 

Extol the Lord with sacred joy ! 

Ye trees ! — your growth his seasons nourish, 

Now wave and rustle to his praise ! 
Ye flowerets fair ! — so soon to perish. 

Your forms with beauty he arrays ; 

Let all your bloom now vocal be, 

And join the song of praise with me ! 

And yet should universal Nature 

Hear and obey my earnest call, 
Should I have aid from every creature, 

The strength would still be far too small, 

His greater wonders to unfold. 

Which all around me 1 behold. 

Dear Father, endless praise I render. 
For soul and body strangely joined ; 

I praise thee, Guardian kind and tender. 
For all the noble joys I find 



144 SACRED LYRICS 

So richly spread on every side, 
And freely for my use supplied. 

What equal praises can I offer, 

Dear Jesus, for thy mercy shown ? 

What pangs, my Saviour, didst thou suffer. 
And thus for all my sins atone ! 
Thy death alone my soul could free 
From Satan, to be blest with thee. 

Honour and praise, still onward reaching, 
Be thine too, Spirit of all grace. 

Whose holy power and faithful teaching 
Give me among thy saints a place : 
Whate'er of good in me may shine 
Comes only from thy light divine. 

Who grants immortal hopes to bless me ? 

Who, but thyself, God of love ? 
Who guards my way lest fears oppress me ? 

'T is thou. Lord God of hosts above. 

And when my sins thy wrath provoke, 

Thy patience, Lord, forbears the stroke. 

I kiss the rod too, unrepining, 

When God his chastening makes me feel : 
M}^ graces call for his refining, 

The trial works no lasting ill : 



FROM THE GERMAN. 145 

It purifies, and makes it known 
That he regards me as a son. 

In life I often have discovered, 

With gratitude and glad surprise, 
When clouds of sorrow o'er me hovered, 

God sent from them my best supplies : 

In troubles he is ever near, 

And shows me all a father's care. 

Why not then, with a faith unbounded, 

For ever in his love confide ? 
Why not, with earthly griefs surrounded, 

Rejoicing, still in hope abide ; 

Until I reach that blissful home 

Where doubts and sorrows never come ? 

No more low vanities regarding, 

To thee, in whom I find my rest, 
I cry — my inmost soul according, — 

" My God, thou art the highest, best ; 

Strength, honour, praise, and thanks, and power 

Be thine, both now and evermore ! " 



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For all thy goodness I'll extol thee. 

While yet my tongue has strength to move ; 

First object of my love enrol thee, 
Until my heart forget to love. 



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146 SACRED LYRICS 

When feeble lips no voice can raise, 
My dying sighs shall murmur praise. 

Accept, Lord, I now implore thee, 
The meagre praise I give below : 

In heaven I better will adore thee. 

When I an angel's strength shall know : 
There would I lead the sacred choir. 
And raise their hallelujahs higher ! 

John Mentzer, died 1734. 



TMET m i®B. 

Leave all to God, 
Forsaken one, and still thy tears. 

For the Highest knows thy pain, 
Sees thy sufferings and thy fears ; 
Thou shalt not wait his help in vain, 
Leave all to God. 

Be still and trust ! 
For his strokes are strokes of love. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 147 

Thou must for thy profit bear ; 
He thy filial fear would move, 
Trust thy Father's loving care, 
Be still and trust ! 

Know, God is near ! 
Though thou think him far away, 

Though his mercy long have slept. 
He will come and not delay, 

When his child enough hath wept. 
For God is near! 

Oh teach him not 
When and how to hear thy prayers ; 

Never doth our God forget, 
He the cross who longest bears 
Finds his sorrows' bounds are set. 
Then teach him not. 

If thou love him, 
Walking truly in his ways, 

Then no trouble, cross or death. 
Shakes thy heart, or quells thy praise. 
All things serve thee here beneath, 
If thou love God ! 

Anton Ulrich, Duke of Brunswick, died 1714, 



148 SACRED LYRICS 



Wie wolil ist inir, o Frexmd der Stele. 

Friend of souls, how well is me 

Whene'er thy love my spirit calms ! 
From sorrow's dungeon forth I flee, 

And hide me in thy sheltering arms. 
The night of weeping flies away 
Before the heart-reviA^ng ray 

Of love, that beams from out th}'- breast ; 
Here is my heaven on earth begun ; 
Who were not joyful had he won 

In thee, God, his joy and rest ! 

The world may call herself my foe, 

So be it ; for I trust her not, 
E'en though a friendly face she show. 

And heap with her good things my lot. 
In thee alone will I rejoice. 
Thou art the Friend, Lord, of my choice, 

For thou art true when friendships fail ; 
'Mid storms of woe thy truth is still 
My anchor ; hate me as it will, 

The world shall o'er me ne'er prevail. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 149 

Through deserts of the cross thou leadest, 

I follow leaning on thy hand ; 
From out the clouds thy child thou feedest, 

And givest him water from the sand. 
I know thy wondrous ways will end 
In love and blessing, thou true Friend, 

Enough if thou art ever near ! 
I know, whom thou wilt glorify, 
And raise o'er sun and stars on high. 

Thou leadest through depths and darkness here. 

To others Death seems dark and grim, 

But not, thou Life of life, to me ; 
I know thou ne'er forsakest him 

Whose heart and spirit rest in thee. 
Oh who would fear his journey's close. 
If from dark woods and lurking foes, 

He then find safety and release ? 
Nay, rather with a joyful heart 
From this dark region I depart. 

To thy eternal light and peace. 

Friend of souls, then well indeed 

Is me, when on thy love 1 lean ! 
The world, nor pain, nor death I heed, 

Since thou, my God, my joy hast been. 



150 SACRED LYRICS 

Oh let this peace that thou hast given, 
Be but a foretaste of thy heaven, 

For goodness infinite is thine. 
Hence, world, with all thy flattering toys ! 
In God alone lie all my joys ; 

Oh rich delight, my Friend is mine ! 

Dessler, died 1722. 



Til CTEI m E@EE®W, 

Auf den Negel folgt die Sonn' . 

Cometh sunshine after rain, 

After mourning joy again. 

After heavy bitter grief 

Dawneth surely sweet relief; 

And my soul, who from her height 
Sank to realms of woe and night, 
Wingeth now to heaven her flight. 

He, whom this world dares not face. 
Hath refreshed me with his grace, 



FROM THE GERMAN. 151 

And his mighty hand unbound 

Chains of hell about me wound ; 

Quicker, stronger, leaps my blood, 
Since his mercy, like a flood. 
Poured o'er all my heart for good. 

Bitter anguish have 1 borne, 
Keen regret my heart hath torn, 
Sorrow dimmed my weeping eyes, 
Satan blinded me with lies ; 

Yet at last am I set free. 

Help, protection, love, to me 

Once more true companions be. 



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Ne'er was left a helpless prey 
Ne'er with shame was turned away, 
He who gave himself to God, 
And on him had cast his load. 

Who in God his hope hath placed 
Shall not life in pain outwaste. 
Fullest joy he yet shall taste. 

Though to-day may not fulfil 
All thy hopes, have patience still ; 
For perchance to-morrow's sun 
Sees thy happier days begun. 



152 SACRED LYRICS 

As God willeth march the hours, 
Bringing joy at last in showers, 
And whate'er we asked is ours. 

When my heart was vexed with care, 
Filled with fears, well nigh despair; 
When with watching many a night, 
On me fell pale sickness' blight ; 

When my courage failed me fast, 
Camest thou, my God, at last. 
And my w^oes were quickly past. 

Now as long as here I roam. 
On this earth have house and home, 
Shall this wondrous gleam from thee 
Shine through all my memory. 
To my God 1 yet wall cling. 
All ni}^ life the praises sing 
That from thankful hearts outspring. 

Every sorrow, every smart. 

That the eternal Father's heart 

Hath appointed me of yore. 

Or hath yet for me in store, 

As my life flows on I'll take 

Calmly, gladly for his sake, 

No more faithless murmurs make. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 153 

I will meet distress and pain, 

I will greet e'en death's dark reign, 

I will lay me in the grave, 

With a heart still glad and brave. 

Whom the Strongest doth defend. 
Whom the Highest counts his friend, 
Cannot perish in the end. 

Paul Gerhardt, died 1676. 



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Nein, vein, das iat kein sterben. 
Translated by the Rev. R. P. Dunn. 

No, no, it is not dying, 
To go unto our God ; 
This gloomy earth forsaking, 
Our journey homeward taking 
Along the starry road. 

No, no, it is not dying. 
Heaven's citizen to be ; 
A crown immortal wearing, 
And rest unbroken sharing, 
From care and conflict free. 



154 



SACRED LYRICS 

No, no, it is not dying, 
To hear this gracious word, 

" Receive a Father's blessing, 

For evermore possessing 
The favour of thy Lord." 

No, no, it is not dying. 
The Shepherd's voice to know. 
His sheep he ever leadeth. 
His peaceful flock he feedeth. 
Where living pastures grow. 

No, no, it is not dying, 
To wear a lordly crown ; 
Among God's people dwelling. 
The glorious triumph swelling. 
Of Him whose sway we own. 



Oh, no, this is not dying, 
Thou Saviour of mankind ! 
There streams of love are flowing, 
No hindrance ever knowing ; 
Here drops alone we find. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 



155 



Komm, segen aus der Hoh'. 
Translated by the Rkv. R. P. Dunn. 

Attend, Lord, my daily toil 

With blessings from above ; 
Graut that my soul may watchful be, 

And full of faith and love. 
In all my many pleasant tasks, 

Let me united find, 
With careful Martha's busy hand, 

Sweet Mary's docile mind. 

Amid the various scenes of life, 

In matters great or small. 
Oh, let me ne'er indulge in pride. 

Nor angry words let fall. 
May I with willing, cheerful heart. 

My brother's burden share, 
And never bring reproach upon 

The holy name I bear. 

Where'er my roving feet may tread, 
Whate'er my hands provide. 

May faith's clear eye the Lord behold, 
Still standing by my side. 



156 SACRED LYRICS 

Guide and control my stubborn heart, 
Until thy sovereign will 

I shall in every purpose own, 
In every act fulfil. 



mnrnm 

Thus said the Lord, " Thy days of health are over !' 

And like the mist my vigour fled away, 

Till but a feeble shadow was remaining, 

A fragile frame, fast hastening to decay. 

The May of life, with all its blooming flowers, 

The joys of life, in colours bright arrayed, 

The hopes of life, in all their airy promise, 

I saw them in the distance slowly fade. 

Then sighs of sorrow in my soul would rise. 
Then silent tears would overflow my eyes ! 
But a warm sunbeam from a higher sphere 
Stole through the gloom, and dried up every tear : 
Is this thy will, good Lord ? the strife is o'er, 
Thy servant weeps no more. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 157 

'' Thy cherished flock thou mayest feed no longer !" 
Thus said the Lord, who gave them to my hand ; 
Nor even was my sinking heart permitted 
To ask the reason of the dread command. 
The shepherd's rod had been so gladly carried, 
The flock had followed long and loved it well ; 
Alas ! the hour was dark, the stroke was heavy, 
When sudden from my nerveless grasp it fell. 
Then sighs of sorrow in my soul would rise, 
Then rushing tears would overflow my eyes ! 
But I beheld thee, my Lord and God, 
Beneath the cross lay down the shepherd's rod : 
Is this thy will, good Lord ? the strife is o'er, 
.Thy servant weeps no more. 



"Never again thou mayest feed thy people!" 
Thus said the Lord, with countenance severe, 
And bade me lay aside at once, for ever, 
The robes of office, honoured long and dear. 
The sacred mantle from my shoulders falling, 
The sacred girdle loosening at his word ; 
I could but feel and say, while sadly gazing, 
I have been once a pastor of the Lord. 

Then groans of anguish in my soul would rise. 
Then burning tears would overflow my eyes ! 
But His own garment once was torn away, 



158 SACRED LYRICS 

To the rude soldiery a spoil and prey : 
Is this thy will, good Lord ? the strife is o'er, 
Thy servant weeps no more. 

" From the calm port of safety rudely severed, 
Through storm}'' waves thy shattered bark must go, 
And dimly see, amid the darkness sinking, 
Nothing but heaven above and depths below ! " 
Thus said the Lord ; and through a raging ocean 
Of doubts and fears my spirit toiled in vain. 
Ah ! many a dove went forth of hope inquiring, 
But none with olive leaf returned again ! 

Then groans of anguish in my soul would rise. 
Then tears of bitterness o'erflowed my eyes ! 
Yet through the gloom the promised light was given ; 
From the dark waves I could look up to heaven ! 
Is this thy will, good Lord ? the strife is o'er. 
Thy servant weeps no more. 

" Thou shalt find kindred hearts in love united. 
And with them in the wilderness rejoice ; 
But stand prepared, each gentle tie untwining. 
To separate at my commanding voice !" 
Thus said the Lord ; he gave as he had promised. 
How many a loving heart has met my own ! 
But ever must the tender bonds be broken, 
And each go onward, distant, and alone V 



FROM THE GERMAN. 159 

Then sighs of sorrow in my soul would rise, 
Then tears of anguish overflowed my eyes ! 

But thou hast known the bitter, parting day, 

From the beloved John hast turned away. 

Is this thy will, good Lord ? the strife is o'er, 
Thy servant weeps no more. 

MowES, died — 



Tilt hMK 

There is a land where beauty will not fade. 

Nor sorrow dim the eye ; 
Where true hearts will not sink nor be dismayed. 

And love will never die. 
Tell me — I fain would go, — 
For I am burdened with a heavy woe ; 
The beautiful have left me all alone ; 
The true, the tender, from my path have gone, 
And I am weak and fainting with despair; 
Where is it? tell me, where? 



160 SACRED LYRICS 

Friend, thou must trust in Him who trod before 

The desolate path of life ; 
Must bear in meekness, as he meekly bore, 

Sorrow, and toil, and strife. 
Think how the Son of God 
These thorny paths has trod ; 
Yet tarried out for thee the appointed woe ; 
Think of his loneliness in places dim, 
When no man comforted or cared for him ; 
Think how he prayed, unaided and alone. 
In that dread agony, " Thy will be done ! " 
Friend, do thou not despair, 
Christ, in his heaven of heavens, will hear thy prayer. 

Uhland. 



On Alpine heights the love of God is shed ; 
He paints the morning red. 
The flowerets white and blue. 
And feeds them with his dew. 

On Alpine heights a loving Father dwells. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 101 

On Alpine heights, o'er many a fragrant heath, 

The loveliest breezes breathe ; 

So free and pure the air, 

His breath seems floating there. 
On Alpine heights a loving Father dwells. 

On Alpine heights, beneath his mild blue eye. 

Still vales and meadows lie ; 

The soaring glacier's ice 

Gleams like a paradise. 
On Alpine heights a loving Father dwells. 

Down Alpine heights the silvery streamlets flow; 

There the bold chamois go ; 

On giddy crags they stand, 

And drink from his own hand. 
On Alpine heights a loving Father dwells. 

On Alpine heights, in troops all white as snow, 

The sheep and wild goats go ; 

There in the solitude, 

He fills their heart with food. 
On Alpine heights a loving Father dwells. 

On Alpine heights the herdsman tends his herd ; 

His Shepherd is the Lord ; 
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For he who feeds the sheep 
Will sure his offspring keep. 
On Alpine heights a loving Father dwells. 

Krummachek, born 1767. 



Oh, only see how sweetly there 

Our little church is gleaming ! 
The golden evening sunshine fair 

On tower and roof is streaming. 
How soft and tranquil all around ! 
Where shall its like on earth be found ? 

Through the green foliage, white and clear, 

It peeps out all so gaily 
Round on our little village here. 

And down through all the valley. 
Well pleased it is, as one may see, 
With its own grace and purity. 

Not always does it fare so well. 

When tempests rage and riot, 
Yet even then the little bell 

Speaks out — " 'Twill soon be quiet ! " 



FROM THE GERMAN. 163 

Though clouds look black, and pour down rain, 
The sunshine brighter comes again. 

And when the organ shines and sounds, 

With silver pipes all glistening, 
How every heart then thrills and bounds. 

And earth and heaven seem listening ! 
Such feehngs in each bosom swell, 
But what he feels no one can tell. 
Oh, see in evening's golden fire 

Its little windows gleaming ! 
Bright as a bride in gay attire, 

With flowers and jewels beaming. 
Aye, look ye now, it gleams and glows. 
Fair as an apricot or rose ! 

Within, our little church shows quite — 

Believe me — quite as neatly ; 
The little benches, blue and white, 

All empty, look so sweetly ! 
On Sunday none is empty found — 
There's no such church the wide world round ! 

See where against the pillared wall 

The pulpit high is builded. 
Well carved and planned by master hand, 

All polished bright and gilded. 
Then comes the pastor undismayed ; 
They wonder he is not afraid. 



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But he stands up a hero there, 

And leads them on to heaven, 
Through all this world of sin and care, 

The flock his God has given. 
Soft falls his word as dew comes down 
On a dry meadow, parched and brown. 

But see, the sun already sinks, 

And all the vale is darkling. 
Only our little spire still blinks 

With day's last golden sparkling. 
How still and sacred all around ! 
Where shall a church like ours be found ? 

Krummacher. 



M®MIIi lYIIle 

Licht, geboren aus dem Lichte. 

Translated bv the Rev. C. W. Shields. 

HOLY light, of light engendered, 
glorious Sun of righteousness, 

Again as erst from chaos rendered, 
Thou dost our waking vision bless ; 



FROM THE GERMAN. 165 

Thanks and adoration ! 
Well a new oblation 

Such new grace beseems ; 
Gift of sinful spirits, 
Purge it by thy merits 

In thy cleansing beams. 

Now let the glory of thy dawning 

On our benighted souls arise ; 
Where'er thou shinest, Star of Morning- 
The gloom of sin and sorrow flies. 
See, Lord, we wander ; 
Darkened paths we ponder, 
Lost from Wisdom's way. 
Oh, dispel our terror. 
And this night of error 
Turn to glorious day. 



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Gott mit uns, Immanuel. 
Translated by the Ret. R. P. Dunn. 

God with us ! Immanuel ! 

Open with the year before us, 
Thy treasury where blessings dwell, 

And their fulness scatter o'er us. 
Source of good ! make us to know 
Whence our daily comforts flow. 

Bless the body and the soul. 

Oh, thou source of every blessing ! 

Every anxious fear control, 

Lead us still thy grace possessing, 

Where thy foot in mercy treads, 

Where thy hand its bounty sheds. 

Let our every act be blest, — 
Our incoming and outgoing. 

May thine eye upon us rest. 
Still the path to glory showing. 

We our need of grace confess ; 

Let thy grace, Lord, give success. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 167 

Make us seek our heavenly home, 
Here on earth let concord flourish ; 

And though evil days should come, 
Let e'en them our irraces nourish. 

Let the city and the state. 

Through "thy gentleness" be "great." 

Lord, thy covenant seal impress 
On the year thy love is sending ; 

With divine protection bless 

Its beginning, midst, and ending. 

Hear our humble prayer, and — then, 

Thyself pronounce the glad Amen. 

B. ScHMOLKE, died 1737. 



MMlMBil Mi. 

Oedenke vxein, mein Gott ! 

" Remember me, my God ! remember me, 
In hour of deepest woe ; 

Thou art my only hope, my only plea, 
Against the accusing foe. 



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Oh, shew me now thy full salvation 
Oh, hear my dying supplication ! 

Remember me ! " 

" I think on thee, believer ! tremble not, 

Thy Saviour still is near : 
Here is my cross, my blood to cleanse each spot, 

My promises to cheer. 
Is not my love unchanged^ unshaken ? 
How shall mine own be e'er forsaken ? 

I think on thee !" 

"Remember me ! man's help can nought avail 

In the dark valley's shade; 
My strength must ffiint, ni}^ flesh and heart must fail, 

Oh ! haste thou to mine aid ! 
Silence and darkness o'er me stealing, 
Oh, be thou still thyself revealing, — 

Remember me !" 



"I think on thee ! soon in the better land 
Thou shnlt with me rejoice ; 

The harps of heaven are waiting for thy hand, 
The chorus for thy voice : 

The angel bands are round thee bending, 

Thy parting spirit close attending, — 

I think on thee !" 



FROM THE GERMAN. 169 

" Remember me ! by thine own hour of pain, 

Appear in mine to save ! 
Smooth for ray rest the couch where thou hast lain, 

The pillow of the grave ; 
And while the years of time are flying, 
In that lone place of darkness lying, — 

Remember me!" 

*' I think on thee ! thine own Redeemer lives, 

Thy hope shall not be vain ; 
When the last trump its solemn summons gives. 

Thou shalt arise again. 
Now, go in peace, securely sleeping, 
Thy dust is safe in angels' keeping, — 

I think on thee ! " 

" Remember me, and the afflicted band 

Whom I must leave behind ! 
Pour consolation from thine own rich hand 

On mourning heart and mind. 
Oh, hear this one, this last petition, 
Then shall I go in glad submission, — 

Remember me ! " 

" I think on thee ! with that sad band of love 

I will in mercy deal ; 
My tender sympathy their souls shall prove 

My Spirit's power to heal. 



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The long-sought bliss shall yet be given. 
The lost of earth are found in heaven, — 

I think on thee ! " 



CHORUS OF THE CHURCH. 

"Now, sweetly sleep ! angels thy soul receive, 
And bear to Jesus' breast ! 

Long in our hearts thy memory shall live, 
Here let thy body rest. 

Secure from earthly pain and sorrow. 

Till dawns the resurrection morrow. 

Now, sweetly sleep ! ' 



MI mm I K1@W TEM I MUET BII, 

Mein Gott ! ich tcetea wohl class ich sterbe. 

My God ! I know that I must die. 
My mortal life is passing hence, 

On earth I neither hope nor try 
To find a lasting residence. 

Then teach me by thy heavenly grace, 

With joy and peace my death to face. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 171 

My God ! I know not when I die, 
What is the moment, or the hour, 

How soon the clay may broken lie, 
How quickly pass away the flower; 

Then may thy child prepared be 

Through time to meet Eternity. 

My Grod ! I know not how I die, 
For death has many ways to come. 

In dark mysterious agony, 
Or gently as a sleep to some. 

Just as thou wilt ! if but I be 

For ever blessed. Lord, with thee. 

My God ! I know not where I die, 

Where is my grave, beneath what strand, 

Yet from its gloom I do rely 
To be delivered by thy hand. 

Content, I take what spot is mine, 

Since all the earth, my Lord, is thine. 

My gracious God ! when I must die. 

Oh, bear my happy soul above. 
With Christ, my Lord, eternally 

To share thy glory and thy love ! 
Then comes it right and well to me. 
When, where, and how my death shall be. 

B. ScHMOLKE, died 1737. 



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A MOTEire FMYIE II Til IlilX 

Dimkel iat'a. Des Lebens laute Tone. 

Darkness reigns — the hum of life's commotion 
On the listening ear no longer breaks ; 

Stars are shining on the deep blue ocean, 
All is silent, Love alone awakes. 

Love on earth its lonely vigils keeping, 

Love in heaven that rests or slumbers not ; 

Peace, my anxious heart ! though thou wert sleeping 
Love divine has ne'er its charge forgot. 

And for you, my brightest earthly flowers. 
You, my children, Love divine has cared ! 

Sleep, beloved ones ! through these dark hours 
Angels by j^our pillow watch and guard. 

Here the winged messengers of heaven, 

As beheld at Bethel, come and go, 
Angel guardians, whom the Lord has given 

To each, little one while here below. 



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FROM THE GERMAN. 173 

Thou, Saviour, while on earth residing, 
Never didst thou scorn a mother's prayer, 

Faith may still behold thee here abiding, 
Still commend her treasures to thy care. 

Were not all my hope on thee reposing. 

Thou sole refuge for a sinner's fears, 
Then, the future all its ills disclosing, . 

I could give my children only tears. 

From their earthly parents they inherit 

Nought save sin and weakness, grief and pain, — 

Give them, Lord, thine all sufficient merit. 
Spiritual birth and life again. 

Hide and guard them in thy tender arms. 

Till the wilderness of life be past ; 
Save them from temptation's fatal charms. 

Seal them for thine own, from first to last ! 

Let thy rod and staff in mercy lead them 

In the footsteps of thy flock below, 
Till 'mid heavenly pastures thou shalt feed them. 

Where the streams of life eternal flow. 

Meta Hausser — Schweitzer, born 1798. 



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Til MM i@@BlIilT. 

Ich fahr dahin mit Freuden. 

I JOURNEY forth rejoicing, 

From this dark vale of tears, 

To heavenly joy and freedom. 
From earthly bonds and fears : 

Where Christ our Lord shall gather 
All his redeemed again. 

His kingdom to inherit, — 

Goodnight, till then ! 

Go to thy quiet resting, 

Poor tenement of clay ! 
From all thy pain and weakness 

I gladl}^ haste away ; 
But still in faith confiding 

To find thee yet again, 
All glorious and immortal, — 

Goodnight, till then ! 

Why thus so sadly weeping, 
Beloved ones of my heart ? 

The Lord is good and gracious, 
Though now he bids us part. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 175 

Oft have we met in gladness, 
And we shall meet again, 
All sorrow left behind us, — 

Goodnight, till then ! 

I go to see His glory, 

Whom we have loved below ; 
I go, the blessed angels, 

The holy saints to know. 
Our lovely ones departed, 

I go to find again, 
And wait for you to join us, — 

Goodnight, till then! 

I hear the Saviour calling, 

The joyful hour has come, 
The angel-guards are ready 

To guide me to our home ; 
Where Christ our Lord shall gather 

All his redeemed again. 
His kingdom to inherit, — 

Goodnight, till then ! 



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Translated by Dr. Mills. 

Repent ! — nor still delay 
From one year to another : 

Death may, at any hour, 
Blast all thy hopes together : 

And, after death, will God 

His wrath for sin display ; 

sinner, think of this ! 

Repent, without delay ! 

Repent ! — nor still delay 
Till life's late sands are gliding : 
Thou canst not know that age 
Will find thee here abiding : 
Life now its light affords, 
But short its longest day — 
Ere noon how often quenched ! 
Repent, without delay ! 

Repent ! — nor still delay 
Till on a death-bed lying : 

Is this a work to do 
When panting, struggling, dying? 



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FKOM THE GERMAN. 177 

What pains and fears will then 
Thy trembling soul dismay ! 
Break now the cords of sin ! 
Repent, without delay ! 

Repent ! — nor still delay 
Till youthful joys are ended : 

Why should thy prime of life 
In folly be expended ? 

The young die too, and then 

Who shall God's judgment stay ? 

Be wise while yet there's time ! 

Repent, without delay !^ 

Repent ! — no more delay ! 
All hope will soon be over, 

Let sin's deceit no more 
From thee thy ruin cover ! 

Whoso the flesh and world, 

And Satan will obey, 

Must hopeless sink to hell : 

Repent, without delay ! 

Repent ! — no more delay ! 
While space to thee is suffered, 

Let prayer before thy God, 
With grief for sin, be offered. 



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If thus, in Jesus' name, 
For grace thou wilt not pray, 
Thy soul's for ever lost. 
Repent, without delay ! 

Repent ! — no more delay ! 

Live now for God and heaven ! 
Avow, with heart sincere, 

" Uy all to God is given : 
On Jesus rests my hope, 
He is my only stay!" 
How blest would be thy soul ! 
Repent, without delay ! 



^MSail^I MFIMIB. 

Translatbd by Dr. Mills. 

What meanest thou my soul, 
In hopeless sorrow weeping : 

Through consciousness of guilt. 
In fear and anguish keeping? 



FROM THE GERMAN. 179 

So grievous is the load 
Thy sins upon thee bind, 
That peace or comfort, none 
Thy troubled thoughts can find. 

Full just is all the charge 
'Gainst thee by conscience spoken, 

Thy God thou hast despised. 
His holy law hast broken ; 

Thy false and evil ways 

Are open to his view ; 

Thou hast deserved to die ; 

'Tis all, alas ! too true. 

Thy sins have no excuse. 
And yet. Wilt thou receive it ? 

God, in his word of truth, 
Commands thee to believe it, 

That just as true and sure 

As thy repented guilt. 

So sure it is, that Christ 

For thee his blood has spilt. 

Though sinners he would save, 
God's claims he well asserted ; 

Did what we ne'er could do. 
Our wills are so perverted ; 



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The Law we had despised 
He honoured and obeyed, 
Bore too its threatened curse, 
And suffered in our stead. 

And through his merits now, 
Of God's mere sovereign favour. 

By faith we're justified. 
So that how deep soever 

The wounds that sin inflicts. 
They cannot deadly be, 
Since Jesus, by his death, 
From guilt has set us free. 

Fears I may well dismiss, 
The power of hell contemning ; 

Wilt thou still doubt, my soul, 
Thyself to wrath condemning ? 
Yet God, who by his word 
Would all my fears relieve. 
Is greater far than thou. 
His word cannot deceive. 

Send now thy Spirit, Lord, 
With mercy and with power, 

That I, in hope and love, 
May onward, upward tower : 



FROM THE GERMAN. 18] 

Since thou my soul hast washed 
From dead works by thy blood, 
Give me by faith to live, 
And work the works of God ! 

Give strength, victorious King, 
That, in thy steps pursuing, 

Satan, the world, and flesh. 
And all their rage, subduing, 

I too may victory gain : 

Nor let my spirit dread 

The wrath my sins deserve, 

For I to sin am dead. 



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Atis tie/er Noth achrei' ich zu dir. 
Translated by Dr. Mills. 



From deep distress to thee I pray, 
God, hear my entreaty ! 

Turn not thy face from me away, 
But show thy tender pity : 



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As Judge, shouldst thou my deeds regard, 
In justice weighing due award, 
How could I stand the trial ! 

With thee should mercy not prevail 
To show to man thy favour, 

His every act his guilt would swell, 
Vain were his best endeavour. 

His goodness in its utmost length, 

Reveals his utter want of strength, — 
He must rely on mercy. 

On God alone, and on his grace, 

Can I securely rest me ; 
He sees my heart, he heals distress, 

To him, then, why not trust me ? 
He owns a Father's name, and knows 
The full amount of human woes — 

On him be my reliance ! 

Should comfort seem afar to keep, 
I'll not sink down despairing ; 

They who in godly sorrow weep 
Shall find a gracious hearing ; 

Thus Christians do, and they are blest 

In God, their confidence and rest. 
Their comfort, and Redeemer. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 183 

Many and great my sins, I own, 

But greater God's free mercies : 
From wrath I flee to his dear Son, 

Who bore for me its cm'ses : 
And he will be my Shepherd, too, 
Will all my troubles guide me through, 

To rest with him in glory. 

M. Luther, died 1546. 



So hah' ich nun den Fels erreichet. 
Translated by Dr. Mills. 

I NOW have found the E,ock of ages. 

And, with it, all that soul would crave; 
This Rock, unmoved when tempest rages. 

This Rock, from which the swollen wave 
With broken billows back is rolling, 
When storms from hell's abyss were howling, 

Received me to its sheltering cleft. 
My soul, dismiss all doubt and terror. 
Thy faith is no delusive error. 

Here safe retreat for thee is left. 



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Oppressed with guilt of sins so many, 

My soul was like the troubled sea ; 
Nor help for me appeared there any, 

But dark despair awaited me. 
While conscience, for my sins accusing, 
All hope of light or life refusing. 

Disclosed the world of woe beneath, 
As one that's tossed on ocean's surges. 
Where each to ruin onward urges, 

I struggled on the brink of death. 



On me, when now all hope was dying. 

The Saviour looked ; nor stood apart : 
He heard my voice for mercy crying, 

And pity moved his tender heart: 
To me his wounded body showing. 
And from the wounds his life's blood flowing, 

He cried — " Come, weary sinner, come ! 
I am the rock for sinners riven. 
No refuge else for thee is given, 

Haste ! for thy shelter here is room !" 

What life and peace my spirit borrows. 

Rock of my strength, what joys from thee ! 

Where now is gone that flood of sorrows ? 
Lo ! backward roll its waves from me. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 185 

Now finds my soul, to its full measure, 
In thee its paradise of pleasure ; 

What pure delights my bosom fill ! 
Of all the bliss I share before thee, 
I deeply feel I'm all unworthy, 

Yet thankful take it : such thy will. 

Let then the angry winds be roaring ! 

Let sea and sky their fury wage ! 
The floods of Death their storm be pouring, 

And Satan double all his rage ! 
AU this but little can alarm me, 
My Rock secures that nothing harm me. 
Though darkness all my prospect hide. 
Let sink with fear both hill and mountain. 
My Rock will stand ; a ceaseless fountain 

Of life still fl.owing from its side. 



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Geht nun Mn und graht mein Grab, 

Go and dig my grave to-day ! 

Weary of my wanderings all, 
Now from earth I pass away, 

For the heavenly peace doth call ; 
Angel voices from above 
Call me to their rest and love. 

Go and dig my grave to-day ! 

Homeward doth my journey tend, 
And I lay my staff away 

Here where all things earthly end, 
And I lay my weary head 
In the only painless bed. 

What is there I yet should do, 
Lingering in this darksome vale ? 

Proud, and mighty, fair to view, 
Are our schemes, and yet they fail, 

Like the sand before the wind. 

That no power of man can bind. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 187 

Farewell earth then ; I am glad 

That in peace I now depart, 
For thy very joys are sad, 

And thy hopes deceive the heart ; 
Fleeting is thy beauty's gleam, 
False and changing as a dream. 

And to you a last good night. 

Sun and moon and stars so dear ; 
Farewell all your golden light ; 

I am travelling far from here, 
To the splendors of that day 
Where ye all must fade away. 

Farewell, ye much-loved friends ! 

Grief hath smote you as a sword, 
But the Comforter descends 

Unto them who love the Lord. 
Weep not o'er a passing show, 
To the eternal world I go. 

Weep not that I take my leave 

Of the world ; that I exchange 
Errors that too closely cleave. 

Shadows, empty ghosts that range 
Through this world of nought and night. 
For a land of ti'uth and light. 



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Weep not, dearest to my heart, 

For I find my Saviour near, 
And I know that I have part 

In the pains he suffered here. 
When he shed his sacred blood 
For the whole world's highest good. 

Weep not, my Redeemer lives ; 

Heavenward springing from the dust, 
Clear-eyed hope her comfort gives ; 

Faith, heaven's champion, bids us trust ; 
Love eternal whispers nigh, 
" Child of God, fear not to die !" 

E. M. Arndt, born 1769. 



Was von aussen und von innen. 

What within me and without, 
Hourly on my spirit weighs, 

Burdening heart and soul with doubt, 
Darkening all my weary days : 



FROM THE GERMAN. 189 

In it I behold thy will, 

God, who givest rest and peace, 
And my heart is calm and still, 

Waiting till thou send release. 

God ! thou art m}^ rock of strength. 

And my home is in thine arms; 
Thou wilt send me help at length. 

And I feel no wild alarms. 
Sin nor Death can pierce the shield 

Thy defence has o'er me thrown, 
Up to thee myself I yield. 

And my sorrows are thine own. 

AVhen my trials tarry long, 

Unto thee I look and wait, 
Knowing none, though keen and strong, 

Can my trust in thee abate. 
And this faith I long have nurst. 

Comes alone, God, from thee ; 
Thou my heart didst open first, 

Thou didst set this hope in me. 

Christians ! cast on him your load. 

To your tower of refuge fly ; 
Know he is the living God, 

Ever to his creatures nigh. 



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Seek his ever-open door 

In your hours of utmost need ; 

All your hearts before him pour, 
He will send you help with speed. 

But hast thou some darling plan, 

Cleaving to the things of earth ? 
Leanest thou for aid on man ? 

Thou wilt find him nothing worth. 
Rather trust the One alone 

Whose is endless power and love. 
And the help he gives his own, 

Thou in very deed shalt prove. 

On thee, my God, I rest. 

Letting life float calmly on. 
For I know the last is best. 

When the crown of joy is won. 
In thy might all things I bear. 

In thy love find bitters sweet, 
And with all my grief and care 

Sit in patience at thy feet. 

my soul, why art thou vexed ? 

Let things go e'en as they will ; 
Though to thee they seem perplexed, 

Yet His order they fulfil. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 191 

Here he is thy strength and guard, 
Power to harm thee here has none , 

Yonder will he each reward 

For the works he here has done. 

Let thy mercy's wings be spread 

O'er me, keep me close to thee, 
In the peace thy love doth shed, 

Let me dwell eternally. 
Be my All ; in all I do 

Let me only seek thy will. 
Where the heart to thee is true. 

All is peaceful, calm, and still. 

A. H. Francke, died 1727. 



TEIEE IIMMIITI A EIETe 

Es iet noch eine Ruh vorhanden. 

Yes, there remaineth yet a rest ! 

Arise, sad heart, that darkly pines, 
By heavy care and pain opprest. 

On whom no sun of gladness shines j 



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Look to the Lamb ! in yon bright fields 
Thou'lt know the joy his presence yields ; 
Cast off thy load and thither haste ; 

Soon shalt thou fight and bleed no more, 
Soon, soon thy weary course be o'er, 
And deep the rest thou then shalt taste — 

The rest appointed thee of God, 

The rest that nought shall break or move. 

That ere this earth by man was trod 
Was set apart for thee by Love. 
Our Saviour gave his life to win 
This rest for thee ; oh enter in ! 

Hear how his voice sounds far and wide. 
Ye weary souls, no more delay, 
Loiter not faithless by the way, 

Here in my peace and rest abide ! 

Ye heavy-laden, come to him ! 

Ye who are bent with many a load. 
Come from your prisons drear and dim, 

Toil not thus sadly on your road ! 
Ye've borne the burden of the day, 
And hear 5^6 not your Saviour say, 
I am your refuge and your rest ? 

His children ye, of heavenly birth, 

Howe'er may rage sin, hell, or earth. 
Here are ye safe, here calmly blest. 



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FROM THE GERMAN. 193 

Yonder in joy the sheaves we bring, 

Whose seed was sown on earth in tears .• 

There in our Father's house we sing 
The song too sweet for mortal ears. 
Sorrow and sighing all are past, 
And pain and death are fled at last, 

There with the Lamb of God we dwell. 
He leads us to the crystal river, 
He wipes away all tears for ever ; 

What there is ours no tongue can tell. 

Hunger nor thirst can pain us there, 
The time of recompense is come, 

Nor cold nor scorching heat we bear, 
Safe sheltered in our Saviour's home. 
The Lamb is in the midst ; and those 
Who followed him through flame and woes, 

Are crowned with honour, joy, and peace. 
The dry bones gather life again. 
One Sabbath over all shall reign, 

Wherein all toil and labour cease. 

There is untroubled calm and light, 
No gnawing care shall mar our rest ; 

Ye weary, heed this word aright. 

Come, lean upon your Saviour's breast. 



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Fain would I linger here no more, 
Fain to yon happier world upsoar, 
And join that bright expectant band. 
Oh raise, my soul, the joyful song 
That rings through yon triumphant throng 
Thy perfect rest is nigh at hand. 

KuNTH, died 1779. 



Gott den ich als Liebe kenne, 

God ! whom I as Love have known, 
Thou hast sickness laid on me. 
And these pains are sent of thee, 

Under which I burn and moan ; 

Let them burn away the sin, 

That too oft hath checked the love 
Wherewith thou my heart wouldst move, 

When thy Spirit works within ! 

In my weakness be thou strong, 
Be thou sweet when I am sad, 
Let me still in thee be glad, 

Though my pains be keen and long. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 195 

All that plagues my body now, 

All that wasteth me away, 

Pressing on me night and day. 
Love hath sent, for Love art thou ! 

Suffering is the work now sent. 

Nothing can I do but lie 

Suffering as the hours go by ; 
All my powers to this are bent. 
Suffering is my gain ; I bow 

To my heavenly Father's will, 

And receive it hushed and still ; 
Suffering is my worship now. 

God ! I take it from thy hand 
As a sign of love, I know 
Thou wouldst perfect me through woe, 

Till I pure before thee stand. 

All refreshment, all the food 
Given me for the body's need. 
Comes from thee, who lovest indeed, 

Comes from thee, for thou art good. 

Let my soul beneath her load 

Faint not through the o'erwearied flesh, 
Let her hourly drink afresh 

Love and peace from thee, my God. 



196 SACRED LYRICS 

Let the body's pain and smart 

Hinder not her flight to thee, 

Nor the calm thou givest me ; 
Keep thou up the sinking heart. 

Grant me never to complain, 

Make me to thy will resigned, 

With a quiet, humble mind, 
Cheerful on my bed of pain. 
In the flesh who suffers thus. 

Shall be purified from sin. 

And the soul renewed within ; 
Therefore pain is laid on us. 

I commend to thee my life. 

And my body to the cross ; 

Never let me think it loss 
That I thus am freed from strife — 
Wholly thine ; my faith is sure 

Whether life or death be mine, 

I am safe if 1 am thine ; 
For 'tis Love that makes me pure. 

RiCHTER, died 1711. 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 197 



Hitnmelan geht unsre Bahn. 

Heavenward doth our journey tend, 
We are strangers here on earth, 

Through the wilderness we wend 
Towards the Canaan of our birth. 

Here we roam a pilgrim band. 

Yonder is our native land. 

Heavenward stretch, my soul, thy wings, 
Heavenly nature canst thou claim, 

There is nought of earthly things 
Worthy to be all thine aim ; 

Every soul whom God inspires, 

Back to him its Source aspires. 

Heavenward ! doth his Spirit cry. 
When I hear him in his word. 

Showing thus the rest on high, 
Where I shall be with my Lord : 

When his word fills all my thought. 

Oft to heaven my soul is caught. 



198 SACRED LYRICS 

Heavenward ever would I haste, 
When thy table, Lord, is spread ; 

Heavenly strength on earth I taste, 
Feeding on the Living Bread. 

Such is e'en on earth our fare 

Who thy marriage feast shall share. 

Heavenwards ! Faith discerns the prize 

That is waiting us afar, 
And my heart would swiftly rise, 

High o'er sun and moon and star. 
To that Light behind the veil 
Where all earthly splendors pale. • 

Heavenward Death shall lead at last. 
To the home where I would be, 

All my sorrows overpast, 

I shall triumph there with thee, 

Jesus, who hast gone before. 

That we too might heavenwards soar. 

Heavenwards ! Heavenwards ! Onl}' this 
Is my watchword on the earth ; 

For the love of heavenly bliss 
Counting all things little worth. 

Heavenward all my being tends, 

Till in heaven my journey ends. 

B. ScHMOLKE, died 1737. 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 199 



'^'■'■•^'^.i.  



BUTE MIBI WIL(S®Mle 

AUe Menschoi miisseii sferben. 
Translated bv Dr. Mills. 

All must die ! there's no redemption ; • 

Flesh — 't is all alike but grass ! 
None that live can plead exemption, 

Saints through death to glory pass. 
This vile body here must perish, 
Ere immortal it can cherish 

Hol}^ joys, the free reward 

For the ransomed of the Lord. •'**« 

Life on earth can I then covet 

Longer than my God shall please ? 
When above he would remove it, ' ' 

I will greet the soul's release. 
For, through what my Saviour suffered. 
Freedom from the curse is offered ; 

He has promised, and to faith 

Gives the victory over Death. 

Death — for me the Saviour bore it, 

Dying, won for me the prize : 
Life — he will in bhss restore it, 

Shall I not then joyful rise 



200 SACRED LYRICS 

From this world of sin and anguish, 
To that world for which I languish, 
There the Three in One to praise, 
With his saints through endless days ? 

Happy spirits, ever-living. 

Thousand thousands all as one, 
Robed in light, their worship giving, 

There rejoice before the throne. 
There the seraphim are shining, 
Evermore in chorus joining, 

" Holy ! Holy ! Holy Lord ! 

Be thy holy name adored ! " 

Worthies, there, of sacred story. 

Prophets, patriarchs are met; 
There, apostles too, in glory 

Fill their thrones hy Jesus set; 
All the saints that have ascended 
Age on age, through time extended, 

There, in bhssful concert sing 

Hallelujahs to their King. 

Jerusalem, thou fairest ! 

In thy King how greatly blest ! 
Praising, thou his splendor sharest 

Through thy streets of holy rest : 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 201 

Joy and peace in thee united, 
By no fear of change are blighted, 

Balm}' fragrance cheers the day, 

Which no night shall drive away. 

Yes ! methinks I now behold it, 

That fair city of delight, 
Now the robe — around me fold it, 

Robe of dazzling, purest white. 
There, a crown of victory wearing. 
There, before the throne appearing. 

Mingle with the heirs of bliss, 

Where Hosannas never cease. 

J. Gr. Albinus, died 1679. 



SroFiET m BUTE, 

Warm mein Stundlein vorhanden ist. 
Translated by Dr. Mills. 

When now the solemn hour is nigh 
That from this world shall call me, 

On what, Lord, can I rely. 
While terrors would appal me ? 



202 SACRED LYRICS 

My soul and body, to the last, 
I'll ou thine arm of mercy cast, — 
'T is safe to trust thy mercy ! 

M}'' sins may seem in number more, 
While conscience shall recount them. 

Than sands upon the ocean-shore, — 
Thy grace can still surmount them. 

I'll think, dear Saviour, of the death 

Sustained by thee ; — and thus my faith 
From Binking shall uphold me. 

I am a branch of thee, the Vine ; 

My strength from thee I borrow; 
Round thee my tendril hopes shall twine 

In death's drear night of sorrow : 
And when 't is over, thou wilt give 
An endless life with thee to live 

In bliss thy sorrows purchased. 

My Lord — o'er death triumphant — rose, 
From earth to God ascended ; 

His victory yields my heart repose. 
The fear of death is ended : 

For where he is, I too shall come, 

And find with him a joyful home : 
Why should I fear to follow ? 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 203 

With outstretched arms I'll welcome Christ 

That he from earth may take me : 
I'll leave my flesh in hope to rest, 

Till from the grave he wake me ; 
But Christ himself will go before, — 
Of heaven for me throw wide the door, 

And bless my soul in glory. 

N. Hermann, died 1561. 



Til FIWi BIAB. 



Oh how blessed, faithful souls, are ye. 

Who have passed through death; your God ye see; 

Escaped at last 
From all the sorrows that yet hold us fast ! 

Here as in a prison we are bound, 

Care, and fear, and terrors hem us round, 

And all we know 
It is but toil and grief of heart below. 

While that ye are resting in your home, 
Safe from pain, all misery o'ercome, 

No grief or cross 
Mixes with yonder joys to work you loss. 



204 SACRED LYRICS 

Christ doth wipe away your every tear, 
Ye possess what we but long for here, 

To you is sung 
The song that ne'er through mortal ears hath rung. 

Who is there that would not gladly die, 
Changing earth for such a home on high, 

Or who would stay 
To toil amid these sorrows night and day ? 

Come, Christ, release us from our post. 
Lead us quickly hence to yonder host. 

Who, victory won, 
Now drink in joy and bliss from thee our Sun. 

Simon Dach. 1650. 



^miiflM'E IIIW m ITIMITY. 

Translated by Dr. Mills. 

I'm but a weary pilgrim here, 
Life's varied griefs sustaining: : 

The ills I feel, and those I fear, 
Would tempt me to complaining: 



FROM THE GERMAN. 205 

But Lord, the hopes of joys above 
The pains of pilgrimage remove, 
Or give me strength to bear them. 

Oft now, while sin is plotting still, 

My soul is filled with terrors ; 
How oft its snares my heart beguile ! 

How many are my errors ! 
But I shall yet deliverance see, 
From sin and its delusions free. 

In this my soul rejoices. 



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I see around me, day by day 
Those, Jesus, who despise thee : 

Their heart of pride leads them astray, 
Thy honours it denies thee : 

Their scorn and pride will all be past, 

When thou shalt come the Judge at last, 
And saints shall shout thy welcome. 

Oft in the silence of the nicrht. 
My soul her griefs is sighing; 

And morn, with its returning light. 
No respite is supplying : 

One gleam of heaven relief bestows. 

That home of rest no sorrow knows, 
But joys reign there for ever. 



206 SACKED LYRICS 

And when the future gives alarm 

Of evils to oppress me ; 
And anxious fears of coming harm 

Thick gather to distress me ; 
Eternity makes time so small, 
Its fleeting fears and sorrows all 

No longer raise my terror. 

When Death, so dreaaed from afar, 
Comes nigh, my days to number, 

That, free from every earthly care, 
My head may sink in slumber, 

That peace and joy may banish fear, 

Let then eternity appear, 
With views of future glory. 

Hope, Lord, makes every burden light, 
Its strength from thee it borrows : 

That glory — fit me for its sight, 
By all my pilgrim sorrows ! 

May it in death my doubts dismiss, 

And form my endless store of bliss 
With thee, in life eternal ! 

C. C. Sturm, died 1786. 



FROiM THE GERMAN. 207 



Was Gott tJiut das ist wohlgetlian, 

Whate'er my God ordains is right, 

His will is ever just; 
Howe'er he order now my cause, 
I will be still and trust. 
He is my God, 
Though dark my road, 
He holds me that I shall not ftill, 
Wherefore to him I leave it all. 

Whate'er my God ordains is right, 

He never will deceive ; 
He leads me by the proper path, 
And so to him I cleave, 
And take content 
What he hath sent ; 
His hand can turn my griefs away, 
And patiently I wait his day. 

Whate'er my God ordains is right, 

He taketh thought for me. 
The cup that my Physician gives 
No poisoned draught can be, 
But medicine due ; 
For God is true, 



208 SACRED LYRICS 

And on that changeless truth I build, 
And all my heart with hope is filled. 
Whate'er my God ordains is right, 

Though I the cup must drink 
That bitter seems to my faint heart, 

I will not fear nor shrink ; 
Tears pass away 
With dawn of day, 
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart, 
And pain and sorrow shall depart. 

Whate'er mj?- God ordains is right, 

My Light, my Life is he. 
Who cannot will me aught but good, 
I trust him utterly ; 
For well I know, 
In joy or woe, 
We once shall see as sunlight clear 
How faithful was our Guardian here. 

Whate'er my God ordains is right, 

Here will I take my stand ; 
Though sorrow, need, or death make earth 
For me a desert land, 
My Father's care 
Is around me there. 
He holds me that I shall not fall. 
And so to him I leave it all. s. rodigast, died i708 



FROM THE GERMAN. 209 



f EI IIBIIEIB, 

Who are those before God's throne ? 

What the crowned host I see ? 
As the sky with stars thick-strown 

Is their shining company : 
Hallelujahs, hark, they sing, 
Solemn praise to God they bring. 

Who are those that in their hands 
Bear aloft the conqueror's palm, 

As one o'er his foeman stands, 
Fallen beneath his mighty arm ? 

What the war and what the strife ? 

Whence came such victorious life ? 

Who are those arrayed in light. 
Clothed in righteousness divine, 

Wearing robes most pure and white, 
That unstained shall ever shine, 

That can nevermore decay ? 

Whence came all this bright array ? 



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210 SACRED LYRICS 

They are those who, strong in faith, 
Battled for the mighty God ; 

Conquerors o'er the "world and death, 
Following not sin's crowded road ; 

Through the Lamb who once was slain, 

Did they such high victory gain. 

They are those who much have borne, 
Trial, sorrow, pain, and care. 

Who have wrestled night and morn 
With the mighty God in prayer ; 

Now their strife hath found its close, 

God hath turned away their woes. 

They are branches of that Stem, 
Who hath our Salvation been, 

In the blood he shed for them. 

Have they made their raiment clean ; 

Hence they wear such radiant dress. 

Clad in spotless holiness. 

They are those who hourly here 
Served as priests before their Lord, 

Offering up with gladsome cheer 
Soul and body at his word. 

Now within the Hol}^ Place, 

They behold him face to face. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 211 

As the harts at noonday pant 

For the river fresh and clear, 
Did their souls oft long and faint, 

For the Living Fountain here. 
Now their thirst is quenched, they dwell 
With the Lord they loved so well. 

Thitherwards I stretch my hands, 

Lord Jesus ! day by day. 
In thy house in these strange lands. 

Compassed round with foes, I pray, 
Let me sink not in the war, 
Drive for me my foes afar. 

Cast my lot in earth and heaven 
With thy saints made like to thee, 

Let my bonds be also riven. 

Make thy child who loves thee free; 

Near the throne where thou dost shine, 

May a place at last be mine. 

Ah ! that bliss can ne'er be told, 

When with all that army bright. 
Thee, my Sun, I shall behold, 

Light diffusing from thy light. 
Amen ! thanks be brought to thee, 
Praise through all eternity. 

ScHENK, died 1727. 



212 SACRED LYRICS 



Jeaua meine Zuvereicht. 

Jesus, my eternal trust, 

And my Saviour, ever liveth : 

This I know ; and deep and just 
Is the peace this knowledge giveth, 

Though death's lingering night may start 

Many a question in my heart. 

Jesus lives eternally ; 

I shall also live in him, 
Where my Saviour is shall be. 

What can make this bright hope dim ? 
Will the Head one member lose, 
Nor through each its life diffuse ? 

Hope's strong chain around me bound, 
Still shall twine my Saviour grasping : 

And my hand of faith be found 
As death left it, Jesus clasping : 

No assault the foe can make. 

Shall that deathless clasp e'er break ! 



FROM THE GERMAN. 213 

1 am flesh, and therefore duly 

Dust and ashes must become ; 
This I know, but know as truly, 

He will wake me from the tomb, 
That with him, whate'er betide, 
I may evermore abide ! 

God himself in that blest place. 

Shall a glorious body give me ; 
I shall see his blissful face. 

To his heavens he will receive me : 
To his joyful presence raise, 
Ever upon Christ to gaze ! 

Then these eyes my Lord shall know, 

My Redeemer and my Brother ; 
In his love my soul shall glow, — 

I myself, and not another ! 
Then from this rejoicing heart. 
Every weakness shall depart. 

What is weak or maimed below. 

There shall be made strong and free ; 

Earthly is the seed we sow, 
Heavenly shall the harvest be : 

Nature here, and sin ; but there. 

Spiritual all and fair ! 



214 SACRED LYRICS 

Thrill my mortal frame with gladness, 
Fear not though thy vigour wane, 

Give not any place to sadness, 
Christ shall raise the dead again. 

When shall sound the trump of doom, 

Piercing, rending, every tomb ! 

Smile, then, that cold dark grave scorning, 
Smile at death and hell together ; 

Through the free air of the morning, 
To your Saviour ye shall gather ; 

All infirmity and woe, 

'Neath your feet then lying low. 

Only raise your souls above 

Pleasures in which earth delighteth; 

Give your hearts to him in love 
To whom death so soon uniteth ; 

Thither oft in spirit flee 

Where ye would for ever be. 

BY THE Electress Louisa HENRIETTA OF Brandenbtjrg, died 1667. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 21-3 



Til BIT m mmmEMT. 

Translated by the Rev. C. W. Shields. 

When the solid earth is quaking, 
And the dead to life are waking, 
And the dust immortal vigour feels. 
While the resurrection trumpet peals : 
Lamb of God ! have mercy ! 

When with crashing thunders riven, 
Mighty Maker, all thy heaven 

And the peopled globe are in a blaze ; 

And we trembling from the ruins gaze : 
Lamb of God ! have mercy i 

When on radiant clouds descending, 
Thousand, thousand hosts attending. 
Judge of mortals, throned in terror there, 
Doom of sinners thou dost sternly swear : 
Lamb of God ! have mercy ! 

When entranced in joy and trembling, 
All the kindreds undissembling 



216 SACRED LYRICS 

Stand and read thy judgment-speaking face, 
Quailing or emboldened at its gaze : 
Lamb of God ! have mercy ! 

When, too, I shall bow before thee 
Called to meet thy dreadful glory, 
Upward fearing e'en to lift mine eyes. 
While within me all my spirit dies : 
Lamb of God ! have mercy ! 



Til JCTE m IIMII, 

Ach Jesns tcie so sch'dn. 

Christ ! how good and fair 
Will be my portion where 
Thine eyes on me shall rest. 
And make me fully blest, 
When from this narrow earth 
To thee I shall spring forth ! 

What joy, unmixed and full. 
Thou Treasure of the soul, 



FROM THE GERMAN. 217 

When, in that home above, 
Thy heart speaks out its love 
To all made one with thee — 
My brothers. Lord, and me ! 

What glorious light will shine 
Forth from thy face divine, 
Which in that life untold. 
Then first I shall behold ! 
How will thy goodness free 
Fill me with ecstasy ! 

Lips, whence such words have streamed ! 
Eyes, whence such pity beamed ! 
Side, wounded once for me ! 
All, all I then shall see ! 
With reverent rapture greet 
Thy pierced hands and feet ! 

Ah, Jesus, my " good part ! " 
How will my mind and heart 
Vibrate with rapture through. 
And all my soul grow new, 
When thou, with smiles of love, 
Openest those gates above ! 

" Come," thou wilt say, " blest child ! 
Taste pleasures undefiled, 



218 SACRED LYRICS 

And see the gifts, how fair, 
My Father's hands prepare ; 
Pasture thine heart for ever 
In joy that fadeth never." 

thou poor, passing earth ! 
What are thy treasures worth 
Beside those heavenly crowns 
And more than golden thrones, 
Which Christ hath treasured there 
For those who please him here ? 

This is the angels' land. 
Where all the blessed stand ; 
Here I hear nought but singing, 
See all with gladness springing 
Here is no cross, no sorrow, 
No parting on the morrow ! 

When shall that joy begin ? 
When wilt thou call me in ? 
Thou knowest ! but my feet 
Press onward thee to meet; 
And my heart, day by day. 
Bears me to thee away. 

Paul Gerhardt, died 1676. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 219 



Once more from rest I rise again, 
To greet a day of toil and pain, 

My heaven-appointed lot; 
Unknowing what new grief may be 
With this new day in store for me, 

But it shall harm me not 
I know full well ; my loving God 
Will suffer not a hurtful load. 

My burden every day is new. 
But every day my God is true. 

And all my cares hath borne; 
Ere eventide can no man know 
What day hath brought of joy or woe. 

And though it seem each morn 
To some new path of suffering call, 
With God I can surmount it all. 

Since this I know, oh wherefore sink. 
My faithless heart ? And why dost shrink 



1^20 SACRED LYRICS 

To take thy load again ? 
Bear what thou canst, God bears thy lot, 
The Lord of all, he stumbleth not ; 

Pure blessing shalt thou gain, 
If thou with him right onward go, 
Nor fear to tread the path of woe. 

My heart grows strong, all fear must fly 
Whene'er I feel thy love, Most High, 

Doth compass me around ; 
But would I have thee for my shield. 
No more to sin my soul must yield 

But in thy wa3^s be found ; 
Thou God wilt never walk with me, 
If I would turn aside from thee. 

Dear Lord, let me thy guidance find, 
I follow with a contrite mind, 

Oh, make me true and pure ; 
As a good soldier I will fight 
This world of sin, and in thy might 

My victory is sure; 
Then bravely I can meet each day, 
And fear it not, come what come may. 

My God and Lord, I cast on thee 
The load that weighs too sore on me, 



FROM THE GERMAN, 221 

The yoke 'neath which I bow ; 
I lay my rank, my high command, 
In my Ahnighty Father's hand, 

Well knowing, Lord, that thou 
Wilt ne'er withdraw it, for thy truth 
Hath ever guided me from youth. 

To thee my kindred I commend, 
For they are safe if thou defend, 

Oh guard them round about ; 
My sinful soul would shelter take 
In Jesus' bosom, for whose sake 

Thou wilt not cast her out; 
When soul and body part at last. 
Then all myself on thee I cast. 

Anton Ulrich, Duke of Brunswick, died 1714. 



iflllM BiYMI. 

Nun ruhen alle Wdlden. 



Now rest the woods again, 
Man, cattle, town and plain, 



222 SACRED LYRICS 

The world all sleeping lies. 
But sleep not yet, my soul, 
For He who made this whole, 

Loves that thy prayers to him arise. 

Sun, where is thy glow ? 
Thou'rt fled before thy foe, 

Thou yieldest to the night. 
Farewell, a better Sun, 
My Jesus, hath begun 

To fill my heart with joy and light. 

The long bright day is past, 
The golden stars at last 

Bestud the dark-blue heaven ; 
And like a star shall I 
For ever shine on high. 

When my release from earth is given. 

My body hastes to rest, 
My weary limbs undrest, 

I put away these signs 
Of our mortality ; 
Once Christ shall give to me 

That spotless robe that ever shines. 

My head and hands and feet 
Their rest with gladness greet, 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 2-3 

And know their work is o'er; 
My heart, thou too shalt be 
From sinful works set free, 

Nor pine in weary sorrow more. 

Ye limbs with toil oppressed, 
Go now and take your rest, 

For quiet sleep ye crave. 
Ere many a day is fled, 
Ye'll find a narrower bed 

And longer slumber in the grave. 

My heavy eyes must close. 
Sealed up in deep repose, 

Where is my safety then ? 
Do thou thy mercy send, 
xVTy helpless hours defend, 

Thou sleepless Eye, that watchest over men. 

Jesus, my joy, now spread 
Thy wings above my head, 

To shield thy little one. 
Would Satan work me wrong. 
Oh ! be thy angels' song, 

" To him no evil shall be done." 

My loved ones all, good night ! 
No grief or danger light 



LT.i SACRED LYRICS 

On your defenceless heads. 
God send you happy sleep, 
And let his angels keep 

Watch golden-armed around your beds ! 

Paul Gerhardt, died 1676. 



WIIML lYMle 

"Wohlauf! wohlan ! zum letzten Gang, 
Kurz ist der Weg, die Ruh' ist lang." 

Come forth ! come on, with solemn song ! 
The road is short, the rest is long. 
The Lord brought here, he calls away : 

Make no delay, 
This home was for a passing day. 

Here in an inn a stranger dwelt, 
Here joy and grief by turns he felt ; 
Poor dwelling, now we close thy door ! 

The task is o'er. 
The sojourner returns no more. 

Now of a lasting home possessed. 
He goes to seek a deeper rest. 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 225 

Good night ! the day was sultry here, 

In toil and fear, 
Good night ! the night is cool and clear. 

Chime on, ye bells ! again begin. 
And ring the Sabbath morning in. 
The labourer's week-day work is done, 

The rest begun, 
Which Christ hath for his people won ! 

Now open to us gates of peace ! 
Here let the pilgrim's journey cease; 
Ye quiet slumberers, make room, 

In your still home. 
For the new stranger who has come ! 

How many graves around us lie ! 
How many homes are in the sky ! 
Yes, for each saint doth Christ prepare 
A place with care : 
Thy home is waiting, brother, there. 

Jesus, thou reignest. Lord, alone, 
Thou wilt return and claim thine own. 
Come quickly, Lord ! return again ! 

Amen ! Amen ! 
Thine seal us ever, now and then ! 

F. Sachse. 
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226 SACRED LYEICS 



11! Mlifl IW E@, 

Nicht so traurig, nicht so seJir. 

Ah ! grieve not so, nor so lament, 
My soul ! nor troubled sigh, 

Because some joys to others sent 
Thy Father may deny ; 

Take all as love that seems severe ; 

There is no want if God is near. 

There is no right thou canst demand. 
No title thou canst claim, 

For all are strangers in the land 
Who bear the human name; 

Earth and its treasures are the Lord's, 

And he the lot of each accords. 

How thankless art thou, child of man ! 

For favours that abound ; 
Thy God has given thee eyes to scan 

The glory all around ; 
Yet seldom for this priceless sight, 
Hast thou been heard to praise aright. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 227 

Number thy limbs, thy members tell, 

And ask thy thankless soul, 
If to another thou wouldst sell 

The smallest of the whole. 
There is not one from which thy heart 
Would willingly submit to part. 

Now, go and search the depths of mind, 

Explore its wondrous power. 
New proofs of benefits to find, 

That meet thee every hour ; 
More than the sand upon the shore. 
And ever rising more and more. 

He knows, who lives on Zion's hill, 

What we in truth require. 
Knows too how many blessings still 

This flesh and blood desire ; 
And could he safely all bestow, 
He would not let thee sorrowing go. 

Thou wert not born that earth should be 

A portion fondly sought ; 
Look up to heaven, and smiling see 

Thy shining, golden lot ! 
Honours and joys, which thou shalt share, 
Unending and unenvied there ! 



228 SACRED LYRICS 

Then journey on to life and bliss, 

God will protect to heaven ; 
And every good that meets thee is 

A blessing wisely given. 
If losses come, — so let it be, 
The God of heaven remains with thee. 

Paul Gerhaedt, died 1676. 



Til €@MMMIM m EAIITS, 

tote selig sei/d ihr docJi, ihr Frommen. 
CHURCH ON EARTH. 

" Oh ! how blessed are ye, saints forgiven. 
Through the gate of death now safe in heaven, 

All trials over, 
All the ills, which round us darkly hover ! " 

CHURCH IN HEAVEN. 

" Yes, dear friends, our joys are still increasing, 
Our songs of praise are new and never ceasing. 

All preparing 
For the time when you shall all be sharing." 



FROM THE GERMAN. 229 

CHURCH ON EARTH. 

" We are now as in a prison dwelling, 
Storms of care and trouble o'er us swelling ; 

All around us 
Only sins and griefs, to snare and wound us." 

CHURCH IN HEAVEN. 

"Ah, beloved friends ! be not complaining, 
Wish not joy while still on earth remaining, 

Be still confiding 
In your Father's love and tender guiding." 

CHURCH ON EARTH. 

" In your quiet home so gently resting, 
Safe for evermore from all molesting. 

No care or sorrow 
Can you feel to day, or fear to-morrow ! " 

CHURCH IN HEAVEN. 

" In your conflicts we were once engaging, 
Long with sin and Satan warfare waging ; 

All your distresses 
Once were ours, to weary and oppress us." 

CHURCH ON EARTH. 

" Christ has wiped away your every tear, 
You enjoy what we are seeking here. 



230 SACRED LYRICS 

The harps of heaven 
Sound in strains to mortals never given.' 



CHURCH IN HEAVEN. 

" Yet in patience run the race before you, 

Long for heaven, where Love is watching o'er you, 

Sow in weeping, 
Soon the fruit with joy you shall be reaping." 

CHURCH ON EARTH. 

" Come, come quickly, long expected Jesus, 
From all sin and sorrow to release us. 

Quickly take us 
To thyself, and blest for ever make us ! " 

CHURCH IN HEAVEN. 

"Ah, beloved souls ! your palms victorious, 
Grolden harps, and thrones of triumph glorious, 

All are waiting, — 
Follow on with courage unabating." 

CHORUS. 

" Let us join to praise his name for ever. 
To us both of every good the giver, 

Life undying 
We shall each obtain, on him relying. 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 231 

" Praise him, men on earth, and saints in heaven ! 
To the Lamb be praise and glory given. 

Praise unending, 
Glory through eternity extending ! " 

Simon Dach. 



Wird das nicht Freude seynl 

Will not that joyful be. 
When we walk by faith no more, 
When the Lord we loved before, 

As Brother-man we see ; 
When he welcomes us above. 
When we share his smile of love, 

Will not that joyful be? 

Will not that joyful be. 
When to meet us rise and come, 
All our buried treasures home, 

A gladsome company ! 



232 SACRED LYRICS 

When our arms embrace again, 
Those we mourned so long in vain, 
Will not that joyful be ? 

Will not that joyful be, 
When the foes we dread to meet. 
Every one beneath our feet 

We tread triumphantly ! 
When we never more can know 
Shghtest touch of pain or woe, 

Will not that joyful be? 

Will not that joyful be, 
When we hear what none can tell 
And the ringing chorus swell 

Of angels' melody ! 
W^hen we join their songs of praise, 
Hallelujahs wnth them raise, 

Will not that joyful be ? 

Yes ! that will jo3^ful be, 
Let the world her gifts recall. 
There is bitterness in all, 

Her joys are vanity ! 
Courage, dear ones of my heart ! 
Though it grieves us here to part. 
There, we will joyful be ! 



H. C. VON SCHWEINITZ. 



FROM THE GERMAN. 233 



Wie ein Vogel liehlich singet. 

As a bird in meadows fair 

Or in lonely forest sings 
Till it fills the summer air 

And the greenwood sweetly rings. 
So my heart to thee would raise, 
my God, its song of praise 
That the gloom of night is o'er 
And I see the sun once more. 

If thou, Sun of LoA'e, arise, 

All my heart with joy is stirred, 
And to greet thee upward flies 
Gladsome as yon little bird. 
Shine thou in me clear and bright 
Till I learn to praise thee right ; 
Guide me in the narrow way, 
Let me ne'er in darkness stray. 

Bless to-day whate'er I do. 

Bless whate'er I have and love ; 



234 SACRED LYRICS 

From the paths of virtue true 
Let me never, never rove ; 
By thy Spirit strengthen me 
In the faith that leads to thee, 
Then an heir of life on high 
Fearless I may live and die. 



Anon, About 1580. 



Wie k'dntt ich Sein vergessen. 

Oh how could I forget Him 

Who ne'er forgetteth me ? 
Or tell the love that let him 

Come down to set me free ? 
I lay in darkest sadness, 

Till he made all things new, 
And still fresh love and gladness 

Flow from that heart so true. 

Oh how could I e'er leave him 
Who is so kind a Friend ? 

Or how could ever grieve him 
Who thus to me doth bend ? 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 2o5 

Have I not seen him dying 

For us on yonder tree ? 
Do I not hear him crying, 

"Arise and follow me?" 

For ever will I love him 

Who saw my hopeless plight, 
Who felt my sorrows move him, 

And brought me life and hght : 
Whose arm shall be around me 

When my last hour is come, 
And suffer none to wound me, 

Though dark the passage home. 

He gives me pledges holy. 

His body and his blood. 
He lifts the scorned, the lowly, 

He makes my courage good; 
For he will reign within me, 

And shed his graces there ; 
The heaven he died to win me 

Can I then fail to share ? 

In joy and sorrow ever 

Shine through me, Blessed Heart, 
Who bleeding for us never 

Didst shrink from sorest smart ! 



236 SACRED LYRICS 

Whate'er I've loved or striven 
Or borne, I bring to thee ; 

Now let thy heart and heaven 
Stand open, Lord, to me ! 



Keen, died 1835. 



Til BIMflKE WmM B@IBMI. 

DurcTihrecher alter Bande. 

Thou who breakest every chain, 

Thou who still art ever near. 
Thou with whom disgrace and pain 

Turn to joy and heaven e'en here ; 
Let thy further judgments fall 

On the Adam strong within, 
Till thy grace hath freed us all 

From the prison house of sin. 

'Tis thy Father's will toward us, 

Thou shouldst end thy work at length ; 

Hence in thee are centered thus 
Perfect wisdom, love, and strength. 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 237 

That thou none shouldst lose of those 
Whom he gave thee, though they roam 

'Wildered here amid their foes, 

Thou shouldst bring them safely home. 

Ah thou wiltj thou canst not cease, 

Till thy perfect work be done; 
In thy hands we lie at peace. 

Knowing all thy love hath won, 
Though the world may blindly dream 

We are captives poor and base. 
And the cross and yoke may deem 

Signs of meanness and disgrace. 

Look upon our bonds, and see 

How doth all creation groan 
'Neath the yoke of vanity. 

Make thy full redemption known ; 
Still we wrestle, cry, and pray, 

Held in bitter bondage fast, 
Though the soul would break away 

Into higher things at last. 

Lord, we do not ask for rest 

For the flesh, we only pray 
Thou wouldst do as seems thee best, 

Ere yet comes our parting day ; 



238 SACRED LYllICS 

But our spirit clings to thee, 
Will not, dare not, let thee go, 

Until thou hast set her free 

From the bonds that cause her woe. 

Ruler rule, and Conqueror conquer, 

King assert thy sovereign right, 
Till there be no slavery longer 

Spread the kingdom of thy might ! 
Lead the captives freely out, 

Through the covenant of thy blood, 
From our dark remorse and doubt, 

For thou wilt alone our good. 

'Tis of our own fault, we own 

We are slaves to self and sloth, 
Yet oh! leave us not alone 

In the living death we loathe ; 
Crushed beneath our burden's weight, 

Crying at thy feet we fall, 
Point the path, though steep and strait, 

Thou didst open once for all. 

Ah! how dearly were we bought 
Not to serve the world or sin ; 

By the work that thou hast wrought 
Must thou make us pure within, — 



FROM THE GERMAN. ' 239 

Wholly pure and free, in us 

Be thine image now restored : 
Filled from out thy fulness thus 

Grace for grace is on us poured. 

Draw us to thy cross, Love, 

Crucify with thee whate'er 
Cannot dwell with thee above, 

Lead us to those regions fair ! 
Courage ! long the time may seem. 

Yet his day is coming fast ; 
We shall be like them that dream 

When our freedom dawns at last. 

Gottfried Arnold. 1697. 



Til IWIIIii W i» BMlilT IIM T® 

EliT, 



grosser Geist, TJrsprtivg. 

MIGHTY Spirit ! Source whence all things sprung ! 

glorious Majesty of perfect light ! 
Hath ever worthy praise to thee been sung, 
Or mortal heart endured to meet thy sight ? 
If they who sin have never known 
Must veil their faces at thy throne, 
Oh how shall I, who am but sin and dust. 
Approach untrembling to the Pure and Just ? 



240 SACRED LYRICS. 

The voice of conscience in the soul hath shown 

Some far-off glimpses of thj holiness, 
And yet more clearly hast thou made it known 
In thy dear word that tells us of thy grace ; 
But with all-glorious light divine 
In His face we behold it shine, 
The sinless One, who this dark earth has trod 
To win through sorrow sinners back to God. 

The brightness of thy glory was the Son ; 
Thy law engraven on his heart he wore. 
And on his forehead that all clearly shone 

Which Aaron's forehead but in shadow bore;* 
And e'en to death did he obey 
To take the guilt of sin away, 
And made a curse for man, and dying thus, 
He won the power of holiness for us. 

Now may thine image in us shine anew 
In holy righteousness and innocence ; 
Now strengthened by thy Son a service true 
Thy people render, pure from all offence; 
But all their light is only dim, 
A shadowed broken light from Him, 
Who that we might be holy bore our load. 
In whom we dare to meet the Holy God. 

J. J. Rambach. 1720. 
* Exodus xxviii. 36-38. 



AFFIIBIl. 



For the Translation see page 6. 

Keine Schonlieit hat die Welt, Die mir nicht vor Au^en stellt 
Meinen Schonsten, Jesum Christ, Der der Schbnheit Urquell ist. 

Wann die Morgenroth' entsteht, Und die goldne Sonn' aufgehfc, 
So erinn're ich mich bald Seiner himmlischen Gestalt. 

Oftmals denk' ich bei dem Licht, Wann der junge Tag anbricht : 
Ach, was ist fiir Herrlichkeit In dem Licht der Ewigkeit ! 
^ Seh' ich dann des Mondes Strahl Und die Stern' am Ilimmelssaal, 
So gedenk' ich : der diess raacht, Hat viel tausend grossre Pracht ! 

Schau' ich dann im Fruhling an Den bebliimten Wiesenplan, Schallt 
es mir ins Herz hinein : Ach, wie muss der Schopfer seyn ! 

Schbn erglanzt der Garten Ruhm, Die erhabne Lilienblum' : Aber 
noch viel schoner ist Meine Lilie, Jesus Christ. 

Ja, in aller Blumen Reihn, Wie sie mbgen immer seyn, Wird gar 
hell und klar gespiirt Dessen Schonheit, der sie ziert. 

Wann ich zu dem Quellbrunn geh', Oder bei dem Blichlein steh', 
So versenkt sich gleich in ihn, Als den reinsten Quell, mein Sinn. 

Lieblich singt die Nachtigall ; Siisse klingt der Flbtenhall ; Aber 

Tiber alien Ton Ist das Wort : Mariensohn ! 

16 ( 241 ) 



242 APPENDIX. 

Anmuth gibt es in der Luft, Wenn das Echo wiederruft; Aber nichts 
ist hier und dort Siisser, als des Liebsten Wort. 

du Liebe, komm herfiir, Komm, erscbeine selber mir ! Lass 
micb sebn deiii eigen Licht Und dein holdes Angesicht ! 

dass deiner Gottbeit Glanz Meinen Geist durcbdrange ganz, 
Und dein Stralil der Herrlicbkeit Mich entziickt' aus Ort und Zeit ! 

Ach, raein Jesu, nimm ducb bin, Was niir triibet Geist und Sinn, 
Dass icb dich zu jeder Frist Sehe, wie du selber bist ! 

Zeuch den Geist in dich empor, Dass ich in der Engel Chor Deines 
Namens Rubra erhob', Und rait dir vereinigt steh' ! 

JoH. Angelus. 



For the Translation see page 20. 

Lebst du in mir, o wahres Leben, So sterbe nur, was du nicht bist ! 
Denn seit ich dir mein Herz ergeben, So weiss ich erst, was Leben 
ist. Jesu, du soUst mein verbleiben, Nichts soil mich von der 
Liebe treiben. Die du mir zugesaget hast ! Strom der Freude, der 
mich tranket, Wenn sich mein Herz in dich versenket, Und dich, o 
Seelenfreund, umfasst ! 

Herz, das in Liebesglut gestorben, Ach, lass mein Herz in Flanimen 
stehn ! Entziind' es dir, du bast's erworben; Lass alles Andre unter- 
gehn ! An dir soil ewig mir geniigen ; Lass mich in deiner Liebe 
siegen, Ja, siege du nur selbst in mir ! So werd' ich frbhlich trium- 
phiren, So wird dein Todessieg micb zieren. So leb' und leid' und stcrb' 
ich dir, 

Ziind' audi in mir der Liebe Flammen Zum Dienste deiner Glieder 



APPENDIX. 243 

an. Halt' uns als Einen Leib zusaiiimen, Dass keiiie Macht uns 
trennen kann. Wenn ich nur bin wie du gesinnet, Dein Bild in mir 
Gestalt gewinnet, Und dein Gebot mir heilig ist : So werd' ich 
Freund' und Feiiide lieben, So wird ilir Kummer niich betriibeu, 
Wie du mir vorgegangen bist. 

Soil ich in Noth und Kummer stehen, So lass mich nie verzaget 
seyn. Die Liebe muss mit Thranen saeu, Eh' goldne Halmen sie 
erfreu'n. Da gehst voran mit treuem Winken; Und wean die miiden 
Kniee sinken, So richte du sie wieder auf. Lass mich im Kampf 
nicht miide werden ! Der kurze Leidensgang auf Erden Fiihrt sie zur 
ew'gen Freud' hlnauf. 

Gib mir des Glaubens Licht und Kriit'te, Das- er die wahren 
Friichte treibt; Mach' mich zur Rebe voUer Siifte, Die fest an ihrem 
Weinstock bleibt. Du bist der Fels, auf den ich baue, Du bist mein 
Heiland, dem ich traue, Du bist des Glaubens fester Grund 1 Wenn 
sich die Zweifelsstunden finden, So lass dein Licht mir nicht ver- 
schwinden, Und mach' den kranken Geist gesund. 

Lass meine Hoffnung nicht erliegen; Hilf, dass dein Kreuz ihr 
Anker sey. Mit dir kann ich die Furcht hesiegen, Dein Naheseyn 
macht schreckenfrei ! Die Welt mag auf das Eitle bauen : Ich aber 
will auf dich nur schauen, Jesu, meiner Hoffnung Licht! Dich 
will ich liebend stets umfassen ; Du wirst den Schwachen nicht ver- 
lassen, Denn deine Liebe wanket nicht. 

Zur Demuth fiihre mich dein Leiden ; Die Niedrigkeit sey meine 
Zier. Wer dich sucht, muss das Hohe meidcn ; Der Stolz hat keinen 
Theil an dir. Weh' dem, der nur nach Ehrcn rennet ! Dao^ecen, 

' Do? 

wer sein Nichts erkennet, Den hebst du aus dem Staub enipor. O 
driick' dein Bild mir in die Seele, Dass ich das Kleinod : " Demuth" 
wiililo, So dring' ich durch das enge Thor ! 

Willst du mich liinger leben lassen, So leb' ich, weil es dir gefallt 



244 APPENDIX. 

Soil ich im friihern Tod erblassen, So scheid' icli frohlicli aus der 
Welt. Lass nur dein Leben in mir leben ! Dein Sterbeu lass mir 
Starke geben, Wann nun die letzte Noth erscheint. Ich will uiicli dir 
aaf ewis scbenken, Ich will im Tod und Leben denken : Du bist und 
) leibst niit mir vereint ! 

SiNOLD. 



For the Translation see page 24. 



Wie soil ich dich empfangen, Und wie begegnen dir, 0, aller Welt 
V^erlangen, 0, meiner Seele Zier? Jesu, Jesn, setze Mir selbst 
die Leuchte bei, Damit, was dich ergotze, Mir kund und wissend 
sey ! 

Dein Zion streut dir Palmen Und griine Zweige bin; Und ich 
will dir in Psalmen Ermuntern meinen Sinn. Mein Herze soil dir 
griinen In stetem Lob und Preis, Und deinem Namen dienen, So gut 
es kann und weiss. 

Was hast du unterlassen Zu meiner Seligkeit, Als Leib und Seele 
sassen In ihrem grbssten Leid ? Als mir das Keich genomraen, Da 
Fried' und Freude lacht, Bist du mein Heil gekommen, Und hast 
mich froh geraacht. 

Ich lao; in schweren Banden : Du kommst und machst mich los. 
Ich stund in Spott und Schanden : Du kommst und machst mich 
gross, Und hebst mich hoch zu Ehren, Und schenkst mir grosses 
Gut, Das si eh nieht lii'^st verzehren, Wie eitler Keichthum thut. 

Nichts, nichts hat dich getrieben Zu mir vom Himmelszelt, Als 
dein getrones Lieben, Damit du alle Welt In ihren tausend Plagen 



APPENDIX. 245 

Und grosser lammerlast, Die kein Mund kann aussagen, So fest um- 
fangen hast. 

Das scbreib' in deine Herzen, Du hochbetriibtes Heer, Bei welcbem 
Gram und Scbiuerzen Sicb haufen mehr und mebr. Seyd unverzagt! 
ihr babet Die Hlilfe vor der Tbiir : Der eure Herzen labet Und 
trostet, steht allhler. 

Ibr diirft eucb nicbt bemiiben, Nocb fragen Tag und Nacbt, Wie 
ibr ibn wollet zieben Mit eures Armes Macbt. Er kommt, er kommt 
mit Willen, 1st voller Lieb' und Lust, AH' Angst und Noth zu stillen, 
Die ibm an eucb bewusst. 

Auch diirft ibr nicbt erscbrecken Vor eurer Siindenscbuld ; Nein, 
Jesus will sie decken Mit seiner Lieb' und Huld. Er kommt, er 
kommt den Siindern Zum Trost und wabren Heil, Scbafft, dass bei 
Gottes Kindern Verbleib' ibr Erb' und Tbeil. 

Lasst eure Feinde driiuen, Und weicbet nicbt zuriick ; Der Herr 
wird sie zerstreuen In einem Augenblick. Er kommt, er kommt, ein 
Konig, Dem aller Feinde Scbaar Von Anfang viel zu wenig Zum 
Widerstande war. 

Er kommt zum Weltgericbte, Zum Fluch dem, der ibm flucbt; 
Mit Gnad' und siissem Licbte, Dem, der ibn liebt und sucbt. Ach 
komm, acb komm, o Sonne, Und boF uns allzumal Zum Licbt, zur 
ew'gen Wonnc In deinen Freudensaal ! 

Paul Gebhardt. 



For tho Translation sco page 43. 

Nun freut eucb, Hebe Cbristeng'mein' Und lasst uns froblich 
springen, Dass wir getrost und All in Ein' Mit Lust und Liebe singen, 



246 APPENDIX. 

Was Gott an uns gewendet hat Und seine siisse Wundertliat ; Gar 
tlieu'r hat ers erworben. 

Dem Teufel ich gefangen lag, Im Tod war ich verloren ; Mein 
Siind mich qualte Nacht und Tag, Darin ich war geboren ; Ich fiel 
auch imiiier tiefer drein, Es war kein Guts am Leben mein ; Die 
Siind hatt' mich beseseen. 

Mein' gute Werk', die galten nicht, Es war mit ihn'n verdorben ; 
Der frei Will hasste Gottes G'richt, Er war zum Gut'n erstorben; 
Die Angst mich zu verzweifeln trieb, Dass nichts denn Sterben bei 
mir blieb ; Zur Hblle musst ich sinken. 

Da jammert' Gott von Ewigkeit Mein Elend ohne Massen ; Er 
dacht' an sein' Barmherzigkeit Und wollt mir helfen lassen ; Er 
wandt zu mir sein Vaterherz, Es war bei ihm ftirwahr kein Scherz : 
Er liess sein Bestes kosten. 

Er sprach zu seinem lieben Sohn : " Die Zeit ist, zu erbarmen ; 
Fahr hin, meiu's Herzens werthe Kron, Und sey das Heil dem 
Armen ! Hilf ihm aus seiner Siinden Noth, Erwiirg fiir ihn den bit- 
tern Tod Und lass ihn mit dir leben !" 

Der Sohn dem Vater g'horsam ward, Er kam zu mir auf Erden, 
Von einer Jungfrau rein und zart, Er wollt mein Bruder werden. 
Gar heimlich fiihrt' er sein' Gewalt, Er gieng in meiner armen G'stalt, 
Den Teufel wollt er fahen. 

Er sprach zu mir : " halt dich an mich, Es soil dir jetzt gelingen ; 
Ich geb mich selber ganz fiir dich, Da will ich fiir dich ringen ; 
Denn ich bin dein und du bist mein, Und wo ich bleib, da sollst du 
seyn 5 Uns soil der Feind nicht scheiden." 

Vergiessen wird er mir mein Blut, Dazu mein Leben rauben ; 
iJas leid' ich AUes dir zu gut. Das halt mit festem Glauben ! Den 
Tod verschlingt das Leben mein, Mein' Unschuld tragt die Siinde 
dein ; Da bist du selig worden." 



APPENDIX. ' 247 

"Gen Ilimmel zu dem Vater mein Falir' ich von diesem Leben; 
Da will icli seyn der Meister dein, Den Geist will ich dir geben, Der 
dich iu Triibniss trosten soil, Und lehren micli erkennen wohl, Und 
in der Wahrheit leiten." 

Was ich gethan hab und gelehrt, Das sollt du thun und lehren, 

Damit das Reich Gott's werd' vermehrt Zu seinem Lob und Ehren ; 

Und hiit dich vor der Menschen G'satz ! — Davon verdirbt der edle 

Schatz ; Das lass' ich dir zuletzte I" 

Dr. Martin Luther. 



For the Translation see page 59. 

Wo soil ich hin ? Wer hilfet mir ? Wer fiihret mich zura Leben ? 
Zu Nieraand, Herr, als nur zu dir, Will ich mich frei begeben ; Du 
bist's, der das Verlor'ne sucht; Du segnest das, was sonst vcrflucht ; 
Hilf, Jesu, dem Elenden . 

Herr, meine Siinden angsten mich; Der Todesleib mich plaget; 
Lebensfiirst, erbarme dich, Vergib mir, was mich naget ! Du weisst 
es wohl, was mir gebricht : Ich bin entfernt von deinem Licht ; Hilf, 
Jesu, dem Betriibten I 

Du sprichst, ich soil mich fiirchten nicht ; Du rufst : " Ich bin das 
Leben !" Drum ist mein Trost auf dich gericht't, Du Icannst mir 
Alles geben. Im Tode kannst du bei mir steh'n, Im Kampf als 
Sieger vor mir geh'n ; Hilf, Jesu, dem Zerknirschten ! 

Bist du der Arzt, der Kranke triigt? Auf dich will ich mich 
legen ; Bist du der Hirt, der Schwache pflegt ! Erquicke mioh mit 



248 APPENDIX. 

Segen ! Icli bin gefillirlicli krank und schwacli, Heil' und verbind' ! 
hor' an mein Acb ! Hilf, Jesu, dem Zerscblagnen ! 

Icli thue nicht, Herr, was ich soil ; Wie kann ich docli bestehen ? 
Es driicket mich, das weisst du wohl ; Wie wird es endlicli gebeu ? 
Jesu, komm, erlose doch Mich von des Todesleibes loch ! Das 
will ich ewig preisen. 

Joachim Neander. 



For the Translation see page 120. 

Kommt, Kinder, lasst uns gehen, Der Abend kommt herbei ! Es 
ist gefahrlich stehen In dieser Wiistenei. Kommt, starket euren 
Muth, Zur Ewigkeit zu wandern, Von einer Kraft zur andern ; — Es 
ist das Ende gut ! 

Es soil uns nicht gereuen Der schmale Pilgrimspfad, Wir kennen 
ja den Treuen, Der uns gerufen hat. Kommt, folgt und trauet dem ! 
Mit ganzer Wendung richte Ein jeder sein Gesichte Fest nach Jeru- 
salem. 

Der Ausgang der geschehen, Ist uns fiirwahr nicht leid; Es soil 
noch besser gehen Zur stillen Ewigkeit. Ihr Lieben, seyd nicht 
bang', Verachtet tausend Welten, Ihr Locken und ihr Schelten, Und 
geht nur euren Gang. 

Geht's der Natur entgegen, So geht's, wie Gott es will : Die Fleisch 
und Sinne pflegen, Die kommen nicht zum Ziel. Verlasst die Krea- 
tur Und was euch sonst will binden; la, lasst euch selbst dahinten ; 
— Es geht durch's Sterben nur. 



APPENDIX. 2-i9 

Schmiickt euer Herz aufs Beste, Weit mehr, als Leib und Haus; 
Wir sind hier fremde Gaste Und ziehen bald hinaus. Das Kinder- 
spiel am Weg Lasst uns nicht viel besehen ; Durcli Saumen und durch 
Stehen Wird man verstrickt und trag. 

1st unser Weg gleich enge, Gar einsam, krumm und sclileclit, Der 
Dornen wohl in Menge Und manches Kreuze tragt : Es ist doch nur 
ein Weg; Lasst seyn, wir gehen weiter, Wir folgen unserm Leiter 
Und brechen durch's Geheg. 

Was wir hier horen, sehen, Das horen, seb'n wir kaum ; Wir 
lassens da, und gehen, Es irret uns kein Traum. Wir geh'n in's- 
Ew'ge ein ; Mit Gott muss unser Handeln, Im Himmel unser Wan- 
deln Und Herz und Alles seyn. 

Wir wandeln eingekehret, Verachtet, unbekannt, Man siehet, kennt, 
und horet Uns kaum im fremden Land ; Und hi3ret man uns ja, So 
horet man uns singen Von all den grossen Dingen, Die auf uns warten 
da. 

Kommt, Kinder ! lasst uns gehen, Der Vater gehet mit ; Er selbst 
will bei uns stehen In jedem sauren Tritt; Er will uns machen 
Muth, Mit siissen Sonnenblicken Uns locken und erquicken ; — Ach 
ja, wir haben's gut ! 

Ein jeder munter eile ! Wir sind vom Ziel noch fern ; Schaut auf 
die Feuersiiule, Die Gegenwart des Herrn ! Das Aug' nur eingekchrt, 
Da uns die Liebe winket Und dem, der folgt und sinket, Den wahren 
Ausgang lehrt ! 

Des siissen Lammes Wesen Wird uns da eingedriickt ; Mann 
kann's am Wandel lesen, Wie kindlich, wie gebiickt, Wie sanft, 
gerad' und still Die Lammer vor sich sehen, Und ohne Zaudern gehen 
So, wie ihr Fiihrer will. 

Kommt, lasst uns munter wandern ! Wir gehen Hand in Hand ; 
Ein's freuet sich am andern In diescm fremden Land. Kommt, lasst 



250 APPENDIX. 

uns kindlich seyn, Uns auf dem Weg nieht streiten ! Die Engel selbst 
besrleiten Als Briider unsre Reih'n. 

Und sollt' ein Schwacher fallen, So greif der Stark' re zu; Man 
trag' und lielfe Allen, Man pflanze Fried' und Ruh'. Kommti 
schliesst euch fester an ! Ein Jeder sey der Kleinste, Doch aucb 
wohl gern der Reinste Auf unsrer Pilgerbahn. 

Es wird nicht lang mehr wahren, — Harrt noch ein wenig aus ! Es 
wird nicht lang' mehr wahren, So kommen wir nacb Haus. Da wird 
man ewig ruh'n, Wenn wir mit alien Frommen Heim zu dem Vater 
kommen; — Wie wohl, wie wohl wird's thun ! 

So woUen wir's denn wagen, — Es ist ja wagenswerth, — Dem griind- 

lich abzusagen, Was auf halt und beschwert. Welt, du bist uns zu 

klein! Wir geh'n durch Jesu Leiten Hin in die Ewigkeiten; — Es 

soil nur Jesus seyn ! 

Gerhard Tersteegen. 



For the Translation see page 133. 



Je grosser Kreuz, je naher Himmel! Wer ohne Kreuz, ist ohne 
Gott; Bei dem verlarvten Weltgetiimmel Vergisst man Hblle, Fluch 
und Tod: selig ist der Mensch geschatzt. Den Gott in Kreuz und 
Triibsal setzt ! 

Je grosser Kreuz, je bess're Christen; Gott priift uns mit dem 
Probestein. Wie mancher Garten muss gleich Wiisten Ohn' einen 
Thranenregen seyn ! Das Gold wird auf dem Feuerherd, Ein Christ 
in mancher Noth bewiibrt. 

Je grosser Kreuz, je starkrer Glaube; Die Palme wachset bei der 



APPENDIX. 251 

Last; Die Siissigkeit fleusst aus der Traube, "Wenn du sie wohl 
gekeltert hast; Im Kreuze wachset uns der Muth, Wie Perlen in 
gesalzner Fluth. 

Je grosser Kreuz, je mehr Gebete; Geriebne Krauter duften 
wohl ; Wenn uiu das Schiff kein Sturmwind webte, So fragte man 
nicbt nach dem Pol ; Wo k'amen Davids Psalmen her, Wenn er nicht 
auch versuchet war' ? 

Je grosser Kreuz, je mehr Verlangen ; Im Thale steiget man berg- 
an ; Wer durch die Wiisten oft gegangen, Der sehnet sich nach 
Kanaan ; Das Tiiublein findet hier nicht Ruh', So fleucht es nach der 
Arche zu. 

Je grosser Kreuz, je lieber Sterben ; Man freut sich dann auf 
seinen Tod, Denn man entgehet dem Verderben, Es stirbt auf einmal 
alle Noth. Das Kreuze, das die Graber ziert, Bezeugt, man habe 
triumphirt. 

Gekreuzigter ! lass mir dein Kreuze Je langer und je lieber seyn; 
Dass mich die Ungeduld nicht reize. So pflanz' ein solches Herz mir 
ein, Das Glaube, Lieb' und Hoffuung hegt, Bis dort mein Kreuz die 
Krone tragt ! 

B. SCHMOLKE. 



For the Translation see page 153, 

Nein, nein, das ist kein Sterben, Zu seinem G-ott zu gehn, Der 
dunkeln Erd' entfliehen, Und zu der Ileimath zichcn In rcine Stern- 
enhuhn ! 



252 APPENDIX, 

Nein, nein, das ist kein Sterben, Ein Himmelsbiirger seyn, Beim 
Glanz der ew'gen Kronen In stisser Ruhe wohnen, Erlost von Kampf 
und Pein. 

Nein, nein, das ist kein Sterben, Der Gnadenstimme Ton Voll 
Majestat zu horen : " Komm, Kind, und scbau' mit Ehren Mein 
Antlitz auf dem Thron I" 

Nein, nein, das ist kein Sterben, Dem Hirten nachzugeb'n ! Er 
fiihrt sein Scbaf zu Freuden, Er wird dich ewig weiden. Wo Lebens- 
baume stehn. 

Nein, nein, das ist kein Sterben, Mit Herrlichkeit gekront Zu 
Gottes Volk sich scbwingen, Und Jesu Sieg besingen, Der uns mit 
Gott versohnt. 

nein, das ist kein Sterben, Du Heil der Kreatur ! Dort stromt 
in ew'gen Wonnen Der Liebe voUer Bronnen ; Hier sind es Tropfea 
nur. 

Casar Malan, in Genf. Uerers. von A. Knapp.