"My Maker, Be Thou Nigh"
                        by Johann J. Rambach, 1693-1735
                        Translated by E. Taylor, ?-1938
                                  Text From:
                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

	1. My Maker, be Thou nigh
	The light of life to give
	And guide me with Thine eye
	While here on earth I live.
	To Thee my heart I tender
	And all my powers surrender;
	Make it my one endeavor
	To love and serve Thee ever.
	Upon Thy promise I rely;
	My Maker, be Thou nigh.

	2. My Savior, wash me clean
	With Thy most precious blood,
	That takes away all sin
	And seals my peace with God
	My soul in peace abideth
	When in Thy wounds it hideth.
	There I find full salvation
	And freedom from damnation.
	Without Thee lost, defiled by sin,
	May Savior, wash me clean.

	3. My Comforter, give power
	That I may stand secure
	When in temptation's hour
	The world and sin allure.
	The Son to me revealing,
	Inspire my thought and feeling,
	His Word of grace to ponder,
	Nor let me from Him wander,
	On me Thy gifts and graces shower:
	My Comforter, give power!

	4. O Holy Trinity!
	To whom I all things owe,
	Thine image graciously
	Within my heart bestow.
	Choose me, though weak and lowly,
	To be Thy temple holy
	Where praise shall rise unending
	For grace so condescending.
	O heavenly bliss, Thine own to be,
	O Holy Trinity!

Notes: Hymn #335 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Ps. 119:8 Author: Johann J. Rambach, 1735 Translated by: E. Taylor, 1925, alt. Titled: "mein Schoepfer, steh mir bei" Composer: Franz H. Meyer Tune: "Mein Schoepfer, steh mir bei"
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