137. In Peace and Joy I Now Depart

1 In peace and joy I now depart
At God’s disposing;
For full of comfort is my heart,
Soft reposing.
So the Lord hath promised me,
And death is but a slumber.

2 ’Tis Christ that wrought this work for me,
My faithful Savior,
Whom Thou hast made mine eyes to see
By Thy favor.
Now I know He is my Life,
My help in need and dying.

3 Him Thou hast unto all set forth
Their great Salvation
And to His kingdom called the earth,
Every nation,
By Thy dear and wholesome Word,
In every place resounding.

4 He is the Hope and saving Light
Of lands benighted;
By Him are they who dwelt in night
Fed and lighted.
He is Israel’s praise and bliss,
Their Joy, Reward, and Glory.


Text Information
First Line: In peace and joy I now depart
Title: In Peace and Joy I Now Depart
German Title: Mit Fried' und Freud' ich fahr' dahin
Translator: Leonard W. Bacon (1884, alt.)
Author: Martin Luther (1524)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: Presentation
Tune Information
Key: a minor
Source: "Geistliches Gesangbüchlein," Wittenberg, 1524

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