Tune: WARUM SOLLT’ ICH MICH DENN GRÄMEN

Composer: Johann Ebeling, 1666

Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1653; trans. John Kelly, 1867

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VERSE 1:
Why should cross and trial grieve me?
Christ is near with His cheer,
Never will He leave me.
Who can rob me of the heaven
That God’s Son for my own
To my faith has given?

VERSE 2:
God has given days of gladness;
Shall I grieve if He gives
Seasons full of sadness?
God is good and shelters ever
All my woes from my foes
And will leave me never.

VERSE 3:
Hopeful, cheerful, and undaunted
Everywhere they appear
Who in Christ are planted.
Death itself cannot appall them,
They rejoice when the voice
Of their Savior calls them.

VERSE 4:
Lord, my Shepherd, take me to Thee.
Thou art mine; I was Thine
Long before I knew Thee.
I am Thine, for Thou hast bought me;
Lost I stood, but Thy blood
Free salvation bought me.

VERSE 5:
Thou art mine; I love and own Thee.
Light of joy, ne’er shall I
From my heart dethrone Thee.
Savior, let me soon behold Thee
Face to face—may Thy grace
Evermore enfold me!
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Key: Eb

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