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.
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.
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.