461. Hark! the Church Proclaims her Honor

1 Hark, the Church proclaims her honor,
And her strength is only this:
God hath laid His choice upon her,
And the work she doth is His.

2 He His Church hath firmly founded,
He will guard what He began;
We, by sin and foes surrounded,
Build her bulwarks as we can.

3 Frail and fleeting are our powers,
Short our days, our foresight dim,
And we own the choice not ours,
We are chosen first by Him.

4 Onward, then! For naught despairing,
Calm we follow at His word,
Thus through joy and sorrow bearing
Faithful witness to our Lord.

5 Tho’ we here must strive in weakness,
Though in tears we often bend,
What His might began in meekness
Shall achieve a glorious end.


Text Information
First Line: Hark! the Church proclaims her honor
Title: Hark! the Church Proclaims her Honor
German Title: Das ist der Gemeine Stärke
Author: Catherine Winkworth (1853)
Author: Samuel Preiswerk (1844)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church: Communion of Saints
Tune Information
Key: A♭ Major
Source: "Evangelisches Choralbuch," Halle, 1829

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