"Rejoice, My Heart, Be Glad and Sing"

                   by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676

                                  Text From:

                       THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing,

        A cheerful trust maintain;

        For God, the Source of everything,

        Thy Portion shall remain.

        2. He is thy Treasure, He thy Joy,

        Thy Life and Light and Lord,

        Thy Counselor when doubts annoy,

        Thy Shield and great Reward.

        3. Why spend the day in blank despair,

        In restless thought the night?

        On thy Creator cast thy care;

        He makes thy burdens light.

        4. Did not His love and truth and power

        Watch o'er thy childhood day?

        Has He not oft in threatening hour

        Turned dreaded ills away?

        5. He ever will with patience chide,

        His rod falls gently down,

        And all thy sins He casts aside

        And in the sea doth drown.

        6. When silent woe thy bosom rends,

        His pity sees thy grief,

        Supplies what to His glory tends

        And to thine own relief.

        7. He knows how oft a Christian weeps

        And why his tears now fall;

        And in the His mercy keeps

        These things are noted all.

        8. His wisdom never plans in vain,

        Ne'er falters or mistakes;

        All that His counsels did ordain

        A happy ending makes.

        9. Upon thy lips, then, lay thy hand

        And trust His guiding love;

        Then like a rock thy peace shall stand

        Here and in heaven above.

Notes: Hymn #535 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Ps. 56: 8 Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1653, cento Translated by: John Kelly, 1867, alt. Titled: Ich singe dir mit Herz und Mund Tune: Ich singe dir 1st Published in: -Harmonischer Liederschatz- Town: Frankfurt, 1738
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