What, ye ask me, is my prize

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1 What, ye ask me, is my prize?
What the secret to be wise?
What the wealth I value most?
What the name wherein I boast?
Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.

2 Who the ground of my belief?
Who in song my mistrel chief?
Who my ransom once hath been?
Who forgiveth all my sin?
Who my succor grace to win?
Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.

3 Who doth comfort me in woe?
Who protect me from my foe?
Who revives my fainting soul?
Who doth heal and make me whole?
Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.

4 Who by death hath conquered death?
Who receives my parting breath?
Who can grant me endless rest?
Who enrolls me 'mid the blest?
Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.


Source: The Hymnal #331

Author: Johann C. Schwedler

Schwedler, Johann Christoph, son of Anton Schwedler, farmer and rural magistrate at Krobsdorf, near Lowenberg, in Silesia, was born at Krobsdorf, Dec. 21, 1672, and matriculated at the University of Leipzig, in 1695 (M.A. 1697). In 1698 he was appointed assistant minister at Niederwiese, near Greiffenberg, and began his duties there on the 18th Sunday after Trinity. On the death of the diaconus, Christoph Adolph, he succeeded him as diaconus, in December, 1698; and, finally, in 1701, he became pastor there. He died at Niederwiese, suddenly, during the night of Jan. 12, 1730. Schwedler was a powerful and popular preacher, and peculiarly gifted in prayer. It is said that sometimes, beginning service at 5 or 6 a.m., he would continue the ser… Go to person page >

Translator: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Woodward, George Ratcliffe, M.A. of G. & C. College, Cambridge; B.A. in honours 1872, M.A. 1875. Has held several curacies and two benefices, and is now (1907) Curate of St. Mark's, Marylebone Road, London. He has translated a number of hymns from the German and Latin, which are included in his Songs of Syon, 1904. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: What, ye ask me, is my prize
Author: Johann C. Schwedler
Translator: George Ratcliffe Woodward
Copyright: Words from "Songs of Syon" edited by G. R.Woodward, by permission of the copyright owner



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