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Songs of the Cross

IX.
The Christian's Confidence.

Probably by Joachim Magdeburg, a Pastor who died in 1560--long a favourite Hymn at death-beds; said to be found in a stained glass window in Nordhausen with the date 1592, printed at latest 1598.

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Wer Gott vertraut hat wohl gebaut

Who puts his trust in God most just

Hath built his house securely;

He who relies on Jesus Christ,

Shall reach His heaven most surely:

Then fix'd on Thee my trust shall be,

For Thy truth cannot alter;

While mine Thou art, not death's worst smart

Shall make my courage falter.

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Though fiercest foes my course oppose,

A dauntless front I'll show them;

My champion Thou, Lord Christ, art now,

Who soon shalt overthrow them!

And if but Thee I have in me

With Thy good gifts and Spirit,

Nor death nor hell, I know full well,

Shall hurt me, through Thy merit.

I rest me here without a fear,

By Thee shall all be given

That I can need, O Friend indeed,

For this life or for heaven.

O make me true, my heart renew,

My soul and flesh deliver!

Lord, hear my prayer, and in Thy care

Keep me in peace for ever.

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