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Fifth Sunday after Easter.

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

From the Gospel. [Jn. 16:33]


Christe, du Beistand deiner Kreuzgemeine

Löwenstern. During the Thirty Years' War.

trans. by Catherine Winkworth, 1855

Christ Thou the champion of that war-worn host

Who bear Thy cross, haste, help, or we are lost;

The schemes of those who long our blood have sought

Bring Thou to nought.

Do Thou Thyself for us Thy children fight,

Withstand the devil, quell his rage and might,

Whate'er assails Thy members left below

Do Thou o'erthrow.

And give us peace; peace in the church and school,

Peace to the powers who o'er our country rule,

Peace to the conscience, peace within the heart,

Do Thou impart.

So shall Thy goodness here be still adored,

Thou guardian of Thy little flock, dear Lord,

And heaven and earth through all eternity

Shall worship Thee.

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