337. Forty days and forty nights

1 Forty days and forty nights
thou wast fasting in the wild;
forty days and forty nights
tempted, and yet undefiled.

2 Sunbeams scorching day by day;
chilly dewdrops nightly shed;
prowling beasts about thy way;
stones thy pillow; earth thy bed.

3 Shall we not thy sorrows share,
learn thy discipline of will,
and, like thee, by fast and prayer
wrestle with the powers of ill?

4 And if Satan, vexing sore,
flesh and spirit should assail,
thou, his vanquisher before,
wilt not suffer us to fail.

5 Watching, praying, struggling thus,
victory ours at last shall be;
angels minister to us
as they ministered to thee.

Text Information
First Line: Forty days and forty nights
Author: Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Author: George Smyttan (1822-1870)
Meter: 77 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Public Ministry; Christian Year: Lent; Jesus: temptations
Tune Information
Adapter: Martin Herbst (1654-1681)
Meter: 77 77
Key: d minor
Source: 'M. H.' in Nürnbergisches Gesangbuch, 1677; harmonised Revised Church Hymnary, 1927

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