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The Holy Communion

I.
The Preparation.

10,9,10,7,5,8,8,8,8,5

Herr Jesu Christe mein getreuer Hirte

Johann Heermann. 1630.

Lord Jesus Christ, my faithful Shepherd, hear!

Feed me with Thy grace, draw inly near.

By Thee redeem'd, in Thee alone I live,

All I need 'tis Thou canst give:

Kyrie Eleison!

Ah Lord, Thy timid sheep now feed

With joy upon Thy heavenly mead,

Lead us to the crystal river

Whence our life is flowing ever:

Kyrie Eleison!

For Thou art calling all the toil-oppress'd,

All the weary to Thy rest;

The pardon of their sins is here bestow'd,

Thou dost free them from their load:

Kyrie Eleison!

Ah come, Thyself put forth Thine hand,

Unbind this heavy iron band,

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Set me from my sorrows free,

Give me strength to follow Thee:

Kyrie Eleison!

Thou fain wouldst heart and soul to Thee incline,

Take me from myself and make me Thine;

Thou art the Vine and I the branch, oh grant

I may grow in Thee a living plant:

Kyrie Eleison!

For nought but sins I find in me,

Yet are they done away in Thee;

Mine are anguish, fear, unrest,

But in Thee, Lord, I am blest:

Kyrie Eleison!

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