300. Dearest Jesus, We Are Here

1 Dearest Jesus, we are here,
Gladly Thy command obeying;
With this child we now draw near
In accord with Thine own saying
That of Thee it shall be given
As a child and heir of heaven.

2 Yea, Thy word is clear and plain,
And we would obey it duly:
"He who is not born again,
Heart and life renewing truly,
Born of water and the Spirit,
Can My kingdom not inherit."

3 Therefore hasten we to Thee,
In our arms this infant bearing;
Let us here Thy glory see,
Let this child, Thy mercy sharing,
In Thine arms be shielded ever,
Thine on earth and Thine forever.

4 Gracious Head, Thy member own;
Shepherd, take Thy lamb and feed it;
Prince of Peace, make here Thy throne;
Way of Life, to heaven lead it.
Precious Vine, let nothing sever
From Thy side this branch forever.

5 Now into Thy heart we pour
Prayers that from our hearts proceeded.
Our petitions heavenward soar;
May our warm desires be heeded!
Write the name we now have given,
Write it in the book of heaven.


Text Information
First Line: Dearest Jesus, we are here
Title: Dearest Jesus, We Are Here
German Title: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)
Author: Benjamin Schmolck (1704, cento)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Sacraments: Baptism
Tune Information
Composer: Johann R. Ahle (1664)
Key: G Major

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