"All Depends on Our Possessing"
                         by unknown author, c.1673
                Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1828-1878
                              Text From:
                         THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
             (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. All depends on our possessing
        God's abundant grace and blessing,
        Though all earthly wealth depart.
        He who trusts with faith unshaken
        In His God is not forsaken
        And e'er keeps a dauntless heart.

        2. He who hitherto hath fed me
        And to many joys hath led me,
        Is and ever shall be mine.
        He who did so gently school me,
        He who still doth guide and rule me,
        Will remain my Help divine.

        3. Many spend their lives in fretting
        Over trifles and in getting
        Things that have no solid ground.
        I shall strive to win a treasure
        That will bring me lasting pleasure
        And that now is seldom found.

        4. When with sorrow I am stricken,
        Hope my heart anew will quicken,
        All my longing shall be stilled.
        To His loving-kindness tender
        Soul and body I surrender;
        For in Him alone I build.

        5. Well He knows what best to grant me;
        All the longing hopes that haunt me,
        Joy and sorrow, have their day.
        I shall doubt His wisdom never,--
        As God wills, so be it ever,--
        I to Him commit my way.

        6. If on earth my days He lengthen,
        He my weary soul will stengthen;
        All my trust in Him I place.
        Earthly wealth is not abiding,
        Like a stream away is gliding;
        Safe I anchor in His grace.

Notes: Hymn #425 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Prov. 10:22 Author: unknown, c. 1673 Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1858, alt. Titled: "Alles ist an Gottes Segen" Composer: Johann B. Koenig, 1738 Tune: "Alles ist an Gottes Segen"
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