Tune: WAS GOTT THUT

Composer: Severus Gastorius, 1681

Author: Samuel Rodigast, 1675; trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1863

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VERSE 1:
What God ordains is always good:
His will is just and holy.
As he directs my life for me,
I follow meek and lowly.
My God indeed
In every need
Knows well how he will shield me;
To him I humbly yield me.

VERSE 2:
What God ordains is always good:
He never will deceive me;
He leads me in his righteous way,
And never will He leave me.
I take content
What He has sent;
His hand that sends me sadness
Will turn my tears to gladness.

VERSE 3:
What God ordains is always good:
He is my Friend and Father;
His hand protects from every harm
Tho' many storms may gather.
Now I may know
Both joy and woe;
Some day I shall see clearly
That he has loved me dearly.

VERSE 4:
What God ordains is always good;
This truth remains unshaken.
Tho' sorrow, need, or death be mine,
I shall not be forsaken.
I fear no harm,
For with his arm
He shall embrace and shield