"How Can I Thank Thee, Lord" by David Denicke Translated by August Crull, 1845-1923 Text From: THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941) 1. How can I thank Thee, Lord, For all Thy loving-kindness, That Thou hast patiently Borne with me in my blindness? When dead in many sins And trespasses I lay, I kindled, holy God, Thine anger every day. 2. It is Thy work alone That I am now converted; O'er Satan's work in me Thou hast Thy power asserted. Thy mercy and Thy grace That rise afresh each morn Have turned my stony heart Into a heart new-born. 3. I could but grieve Thee, Lord, And with my sins displease Thee; Yet to atone for sin My works could not appease Thee. Though I could fall from grace And choose the way of sin, I had no strength to rise, A new life to begin. 4. But Thou hast raised me up To joy and exultation And clearly shown the way That leads me to salvation. My sins are washed away, For this I thank thee, Lord; And with my heart and soul All dead works are abhorred. 5. Grant that Thy Spirit's help To me be always given Lest I should fall again And lose the way to heaven; That He may give me strength In mine infirmity And e'er renew my heart To serve Thee willingly. 6. Oh, guide and lead me, Lord, While here below I wander That I may follow Thee Till I shall see Thee yonder. For if I led myself, I soon would go astray; But if Thou leadest me, I keep the narrow way. 7. O Father, God of Love, Hear Thou my supplication; O Savior, Son of God, Grant me Thy full salvation; And Thou, O Holy Ghost, Be Thou my faithful Guide That I may serve Thee here And there with Thee abide.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 #417 from The Lutheran Hymnal Text: Ps. 50: 14 Author: David Denicke, 1648, asc., ab. (vs.1-5,7) Author: Johann Heermann, 1630, (vs. 6) Translated by: August Crull, 1923 Titled: "Was kann ich doch fuer Dank" Tune: "O Gott, du frommer Gott" 1st Published in: "Neuvermehrtes Gesangbuch" Town: Meiningen, 1693
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