461. From Eternity, O God

1 From eternity, O God,
In your Son you did elect me.
Therefore, Father, on life's road
Graciously to heav'n direct me;
Send to me your Holy Spirit
That his gifts I may inherit.

2 Born alive but dead in sin,
Lost to all good things by nature,
I was found and changed within
And became a new-born creature.
Sinful flesh works ruination,
But the Spirit works salvation.

3 Drive away the gloomy night
Of my darkened mind's reflection.
Quench all thoughts that are not right;
Hold my reason in subjection.
For your truth may I be yearning,
Heav'nly wisdom ever learning.

4 As a branch upon a vine,
In my blessed Lord implant me;
Ever of my head divine
To remain a member grant me.
Oh, let him, my Lord and Savior,
Be my life and love forever!

5 Faith and hope and charity
Graciously, O Father, give me;
Be my guardian constantly
That the devil may not grieve me.
Grant me humbleness and gladness,
Peace and patience in my sadness.

6 Help me speak what's right and good
And keep silence on occasion.
Help me pray, Lord, as I should;
Help me bear my tribulation.
Help me die and let my spirit
Everlasting life inherit.

Text Information
First Line: From eternity, O God
Title: From Eternity, O God
Original Language: German
Author: Caspar Neumann, 1648-1715 (abr.)
Translator: August Crull, 1845-1923 (alt.)
Meter: 78 78 88
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Commitment
Tune Information
Composer: Johann R. Ahle, 1625-73 (alt.)
Meter: 78 78 88
Key: G Major
Copyright: Setting: © 1982 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission of CPH.
Notes: Alternate settings: 221, 330

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