|Text:||Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me|
|Tune:||WARUM SOLLT' ICH MICH DENN GRÄMEN|
|Composer:||Johann G. Ebeling|
1 Why should cross and trial grieve me?
Christ is near With His cheer;
Never will He leave me.
Who can rob me of the heaven
That God's Son For my own
To my faith hath given?
2 Though a heavy cross I'm bearing
And my heart Feels the smart,
Shall I be despairing?
God, my Helper, who doth send it,
Well doth know All my woe
And how best to end it.
3 God oft gives me days of gladness;
Shall I grieve If He give
Seasons, too, of sadness?
God is good and tempers ever
All my ill, And He will
Wholly leave me never.
4 Hopeful, cheerful, and undaunted
Ev'rywhere They appear
Who in Christ are planted.
Death itself cannot appal them,
They rejoice When the voice
Of their Lord doth call them.
5 Death cannot destroy forever;
From our fears, Cares, and tears
It will us deliver.
It will close life's mournful story,
Make a way That we may
Enter heavenly glory.
6 What is all this life possesses?
But a hand Full of sand
That the heart distresses.
Noble gifts that pall me never
Christ, our Lord, Will accord
To His saints forever.
7 Lord, my Shepherd, take me to Thee.
Thou art mine; I was Thine,
Even e'er I knew Thee.
I am Thine, for Thou hast bought me;
Lost I stood, But Thy blood
Free salvation brought me.
8 Thou art mine; I love and own Thee.
Light of Joy, Ne'er shall I
From my heart dethrone Thee.
Savior, let me soon behold Thee
Face to face - May Thy grace
Evermore enfold me!
|First Line:||Why should cross and trial grieve me?|
|Title:||Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me|
|German Title:||Warum sollt' ich mich denn grämen|
|Author:||Paul Gerhardt (1653, cento)|
|Translator:||John Kelly (1867, alt.)|
|Topic:||Cross and Comfort|
|Source:||Tr. composite, based on John Kelly, 1867|
|Name:||WARUM SOLLT' ICH MICH DENN GRÄMEN|
|Composer:||Johann G. Ebeling (1666)|