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223. We Thank Thee, Jesus, Dearest Friend

1 We thank Thee, Jesus, dearest Friend,
That Thou didst into heav'n ascend.
O blessed Savior, bid us live
And strength to soul and body give.

2 Ascended to His throne on high,
Hid from our sight, yet always nigh,
He rules and reigns at God's right hand
And has all pow'r at His command.

3 The man who trusts in Him is blest
And finds in Him eternal rest;
This world's allurements we despise
And fix on Christ alone our eyes.

4 We therefore heartily rejoice
And sing His praise with cheerful voice;
He captive led captivity,
From bitter death He set us free.

5 Through Him we heirs of heaven are made;
O Brother, Christ, extend Thine aid
That we may firmly trust in Thee
And through Thee live eternally.


Text Information
First Line: We thank Thee, Jesus, dearest Friend
Title: We Thank Thee, Jesus, Dearest Friend
Translator: Matthias Loy (1880, alt.)
Author: Unknown (1607, cento)
Meter: L. M., with Hallelujah
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: Ascension
Tune Information
Composer: Nikolaus Herman (1560)
Meter: L. M., with Hallelujah
Key: d minor

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