"Farewell I Gladly Bid Thee" by Valerius Herberger, 1562-1627 Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878 Text From: THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.292 1. Farewell I gladly bid Thee, False, evil world, farewell. Thy life is vain and sinful, With Thee I would not dwell. I long to be in heaven, In that untroubled sphere Where they will be rewarded Who served their God while here. 2. By Thy good counsel lead me, O Son of God, my Stay; In each perplexing trial Help me, O Lord, I pray. Mine hour of sorrow shorten, Support my fainting heart, From every cross deliver, The crown of life impart. 3. When darkness round me gathers, Thy name and cross, still bright, Deep in my heart are sparkling Like stars in blackest night. O heart, this image cherish: The Christ on Calvary, How patiently He suffered And shed His blood for me! 4. Lord, hide my soul securely Deep in Thy wounded side; From every danger shield me And to Thy glory guide. He has been truly blessed Who reaches heaven above; He has found perfect healing Who rests upon Thy love. 5. Lord, write my name, I pray Thee, Now in the Book of Life And with all true believers Take me where joys are rife. There let me bloom and flourish, Thy perfect freedom prove, And tell, as I adore Thee, How faithful was Thy love.This text was converted to ascii format for Project Wittenberg by Debbie Harris and is in the public domain. You may freely distribute, copy or print this text. Please direct any comments or suggestions to: Rev. Robert E. Smith of the Walther Library at Concordia Theological Seminary. E-mail: email@example.com
Notes: Hymn #407 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Rev. 3:5 Author: Valerius Herberger, 1613 Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. Titled: "Valet will ich dir geben" Composer: Melchior Teschner, 1613 Tune: "Valet will ich dir geben"
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