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Songs of the Cross

I.
Queen Maria of Hungary's Song.

Composed most probably in 1526, when she was compelled to flee from Buda on account of her adherence to the Reformed Doctrine, after the Battle of Mohacz; in which her husband and the flower of the Hungarian nobility fell in defending their country against the Turks.

8,4,7,8,4,7,8,8,7

Mag ich Unglück nicht widerstehn.

Can I my fate no more withstand,

Nor 'scape the hand

That for my faith would grieve me;

This is my strength, that well I know

In weal or woe

God's love the world must leave me

God is not far, though hidden now,

He soon shall rise and make them bow

Who of His word bereave me.

Judge as ye will my cause this hour,

Yours is the power,

God bids me strive no longer;

I know what mightiest seems to-day

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Shall pass away,

Time than your rule is stronger.

The Eternal Good I rather choose,

And fearless all for this I lose;

God help me thus to conquer!

All has its day, the proverb saith:

This is my faith,

Thou, Christ, wilt be beside me,

And look on all this pain of mine

As were it Thine,

When sharpest woes betide me;

Must I then tread this path--I yield;

World, as thou wilt, God is my shield,

And He will rightly guide me!

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