"Hark! The Church Proclaims Her Honor"
                    by Samuel Preiswerk, 1799-1871
               Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
                                Text From:
             (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.326

        1. Hark! The Church proclaims her honor,
        And her strength is only this:
        God hath laid His choice upon her,
        And the work she doth is His.

        2. He His Church hath firmly founded,
        He will guard what He began;
        We, by sin and foes surrounded,
        Build her bulwarks as we can.

        3. Frail and fleeting are our powers,
        Short our days, our foresight dim,
        And we own the choice not ours,
        We were chosen first by Him.

        4. Onward, then! For naught despairing,
        Calm we follow at His word,
        Thus through joy and sorrow bearing
        Faithful witness to our Lord.

        5. Though we here must strive in weakness,
        Though in tears we often bend,
        What His might began in meekness
        Shall achieve a glorious end.

Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Hymn #461 Text: Eph. 1:4 Author: Samuel Preiswerk, 1844 Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1858 Titled: "Das ist Gemeine Staerke" Tune: "Lobt den Herrn, die Morgensonne" 1st Published in: Evangelisches Choralbuch Town: Halle, 1829
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