9904. God's Anvil

1 Pain’s furnace heat within me quivers,
God’s breath upon the flame doth blow,
And all my heart in anguish shivers,
And trembles at the fiery glow.

And yet I whisper, "As God wills,"
And in His hottest fire hold still;
And yet I whisper, "As God wills,"
And in His hottest fire hold still.

2 He comes and lays my heart all heated,
On His hard anvil, minded so;
Yet in His own fair form to beat it
With His great hammer, blow by blow. [Refrain]

3 He takes my softened heart and beats it;
The sparks fly off at every blow;
He turns it o’er and o’er and beats it,
And lets it cool, and makes it glow. [Refrain]

4 He kindles for my profit, purely,
Affliction’s glowing, fiery brand;
For all His heaviest blows are surely
Inflicted by a master hand. [Refrain]

5 I will not murmur at the sorrow
That only longer lived would be;
The end may come, and that tomorrow,
When God hath wrought His will in me. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Pain’s furnace heat within me quivers
Title: God's Anvil
Author: Julius C. R. Sturm, 1816-1896
Refrain First Line: And yet I whisper, 'As God wills"
Language: English
Source: Translator unknown, before 1868
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: [Pain's furnace heat within me quivers]
Composer: Anonymous (1886)
Key: G Major
Source: Composer unknown, shown in some hymnals as "Quisquam" - Latin for "anyone"
Copyright: Public Domain

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