All my hope is firmly grounded In the Lord of Earth and Seas

All my hope is firmly grounded In the Lord of Earth and Seas

Author: J. C. Jacobi; Author: Joachim Neander
Tune: MEINE HOFFNUNG
Published in 2 hymnals

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I. All my Hope is firmly grounded
In the Lord of Earth and Seas:
He's my Help when I'm surrounded
With all Sorts of Enemies.
Him alone, God or none,
I acknowledge for my own.

II. Vain's the Boast of Humane Wonders:
Vain's the Trust in man's Device:
Castles, Armies, Martial Thunders
Fail, and vanish in a Trice.
Built on Sands
Nothing stands.
Vain's the Work of Humane Hands.

III. But the Love of our Great Maker
Never, never will impair.
Ev'ry Creature is Partaker
Of his Blessings and his Care.
Stores of Grace,
All he has
Waits for Those that seek his Face.

IV. Does he not supply with Plenty
Ev'ry Thing we truly want?
Were his Blessings eve scanty?
Did his Children ever want?
Oh! his Love
Is above
All that Human Wit can prove.

V. Let us, then, for his Salvation,
Come before him all our Days,
With the humblest Adoration,
And the sweetest Songs of Praise,
Through his Son,
Who alone
Brought this great Salvation down.

Source: Psalmodia Germanica: or, The German Psalmody: translated from the high Dutch together with their proper tunes and thorough bass (2nd ed., corr. and enl.) #64

Author: J. C. Jacobi

Jacobi, John Christian, a native of Germany, was born in 1670, and appointed Keeper of the Royal German Chapel, St. James's Palace, London, about 1708. He held that post for 42 years, and died Dec. 14, 1750. He was buried in the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. His publications included :— (1) A Collection of Divine Hymns, Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes and Thorough Bass. London: Printed and Sold by J. Young, in St. Paul’s Churchyard; . . . 1720. This edition contains 15 hymns. Two years later this collection, with a few changes in the text and much enlarged, was republished as (2) Psalmodia Germanica; or a Specimen of Divine Hymns. Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes… Go to person page >

Author: Joachim Neander

Neander, Joachim, was born at Bremen, in 1650, as the eldest child of the marriage of Johann Joachim Neander and Catharina Knipping, which took place on Sept. 18, 1649, the father being then master of the Third Form in the Paedagogium at Bremen. The family name was originally Neumann (Newman) or Niemann, but the grandfather of the poet had assumed the Greek form of the name, i.e. Neander. After passing through the Paedagogium he entered himself as a student at the Gymnasium illustre (Academic Gymnasium) of Bremen in Oct. 1666. German student life in the 17th century was anything but refined, and Neander seems to have been as riotous and as fond of questionable pleasures as most of his fellows. In July 1670, Theodore Under-Eyck came to Breme… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: All my hope is firmly grounded In the Lord of Earth and Seas
German Title: Meine Hoffnung stebet fests
Author: J. C. Jacobi
Author: Joachim Neander
Language: English
Publication Date: 1839
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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MEINE HOFFNUNG

MEINE HOFFNUNG received its name from its association with Joachim Neander's (PHH 244) text "Meine Hoffnung stehet feste" ("All My Hope on God Is Founded"). The tune was published with Newton's text in Neander's Alpha and Omega (1680). (The chorale found in Johann S. Bach's Cantata 40 is very loosel…

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