"Let Me Be Thine Forever"

             Stanza 1by  Nikolaus Selnecker, 1572

           Stanzas 2 and 3, author unknown, 1688

           Translated by Matthias Loy, 1828-1915

                                 Text From:

                      THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. Let me be Thine forever,

        Thou faithful God and Lord;

        Let me forsake Thee never

        Nor wander from Thy Word.

        Lord, do not let me waver,

        But give me steadfastness,

        And for such grace forever

        Thy holy name I'll bless.

        2. Lord Jesus, my Salvation,

        My Light, my Life divine,

        My only Consolation,

        Oh, make me wholly Thine!

        For Thou hast dearly bought me

        With blood and bitter pain.

        Let me, since Thou hast sought me,

        Eternal life obtain.

        3. And Thou, O Holy Spirit,

        My Comforter and Guide,

        Grant that in Jesus' merit

        I always may confide,

        Him to the end confessing

        Whom I have known by faith.

        Give me Thy constant blessing

        And grant a Christian death.

Notes: Hymn #334 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Rom. 6:16 Author: Stanza 1, Nikolaus Selnecker, 1572 Author: Stanza 2 and 3, author unknown, 1688 Translated by: Matthias Loy, 1880, alt. Titled: "Lass mich dein sein und bleiben" Tune: "Ich dan' dir, lieber Herre" 1st Published in: _Musika Deutsch_ Town: Nuernberg, 1532
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