|Text:||Yea, as I Live, Jehovah Saith|
|Composer:||Jeremiah Clarke, d. 1707|
1 Yea, as I live, Jehovah saith,
I would not have the sinner's death,
But that he turn from error's ways,
Repent, and live through endless days.
2 To us therefore Christ gave command:
"Go forth and preach in ev'ry land;
Bestow on all My pard'ning grace
Who will repent and mend their ways.
3 "All those whose sins ye thus remit
I truly pardon and acquit,
And those whose sins ye do retain
Condemned and guilty shall remain.
4 "What ye shall bind, that bound shall be;
What ye shall loose, that shall be free;
Unto My Church the keys are giv'n
To ope and close the gates of heav'n."
5 The words which absolution give
Are His who died that we might live;
The minister whom Christ has sent
Is but His humble instrument.
6 When ministers lay on their hands,
Absolved by Christ the sinner stands;
He who by grace the Word believes
The purchase of His blood receives.
7 All praise, eternal Son, to Thee
For absolution full and free,
In which Thou showest forth Thy grace;
From false indulgence guard our race.
8 Praise God the Father and the Son
And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
As 'twas, is now, and so shall be
World without end, eternally!
|First Line:||Yea, as I live, Jehovah saith|
|Title:||Yea, as I Live, Jehovah Saith|
|German Title:||so wahr ich leb', spricht Gott der Herr|
|Translator:||Matthias Loy (1880, alt.)|
|Author:||Nikolaus Herman (1500, cento)|
|Topic:||Confession and Absolution|