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418. My God Will Never Leave Me

1 My God will never leave me,
And I will not leave him;
A light my God will give me
In pathways dark and grim.
He reaches out his hand,
His mighty power sharing,
My burdens ever bearing
Wherever I may stand.

2 When human thought and action
Shall unavailing prove,
God grants me his protection
And shows his pow'r and love.
He helps in ev'ry need,
From sin and shame redeems me,
From chains and bonds reclaims me;
From death I, too, am freed.

3 God shall be my reliance
In sorrow's darkest night;
Its dread I bid defiance
When he is at my right.
I unto him commend
My body, soul, and spirit --
They are his own by merit --
All's well, then, at the end.

4 Oh, praise him for he never
Forgets our daily need;
Oh, blest the hour whenever
To him our thoughts can speed,
For all the time we spend
Without him is but wasted,
Till we his joy have tasted,
The joy that has no end.

5 And when the world will perish
With all its pride and pow'r,
All that the world may cherish
Will vanish in that hour.
But though in death they make
The deepest grave our cover,
When there our sleep is over,
Our God will us awake.

Text Information
First Line: My God will never leave me
Title: My God Will Never Leave Me
Original Language: German
Author: Ludwig Helmbold, 1532-98
Translator (st. 1, 4-5): Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78
Meter: 76 76 67 76
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Trust
Source: Translation st. 2-3 The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941, alt.
Tune Information
Meter: 76 76 67 76
Key: g minor
Source: Recueil de plusieurs chansons, Lyons, 1557, alt.

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