"O God, Forsake Me Not!"

                            by Salomo Franck

            Translated by August Crull, 1845-1923

                                 Text From:

                      THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. O God, forsake me not!

        Thy gracious presence lend me;

        Lead Thou Thy helpless child;

        Thy Holy Spirit send me

        That I my course may run.

        Be Thou my Light, my Lot,

        My Staff, my Rock, my Shield, --

        O God, forsake me not!

        2. O God, forsake me not!

        Take not Thy Spirit from me

        And suffer not the might

        Of sin to overcome me.

        Increase my feeble faith,

        Which Thou Thyself hast wrought.

        Be Thou my Strength and Power, --

        O God, forsake me not!

        3. O God, forsake me not!

        Lord, hear my supplication!

        In every evil hour

        Help me o'ercome temptation;

        And when the Prince of hell

        My conscience seeks to blot,

        Be Thou not far from me, --

        O God, forsake me not!

        4. O God, forsake me not!

        Thy mercy I'm addressing;

        O Father, God of Love,

        Grant me Thy heavenly blessing

        To do when duty calls

        What'er Thou didst allot,

        To do what pleaseth Thee, --

        O God, forsake me not!

        5. O God, forsake me not!

        Lord, I am Thine forever.

        Grant me true faith in Thee;

        Grant that I leave Thee never.

        Grant me a blessed end

        When my good fight is fought;

        Help me in life and death, --

        O God, forsake me not!

Notes: Hymn #402 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Ps. 38:22 Author: Salomo Franck, 1714 Translated by: August Crull, 1923, alt. Titled: "Ach Gott, verlass mich nicht" Tune: "O Gott, du frommer Gott" 1st Published in: _Neuvermehrtes Gesangbuch_ Town: Meiningen, 1693
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