1 Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing,
A cheerful trust maintain;
For God, the Source of ev'rything,
Thy portion shall remain.
2 He is thy Treasure, He thy Joy,
Thy Life and Light and Lord,
Thy Counselor when doubts annoy,
Thy Shield and great Reward.
3 Why spend the day in blank despair,
In restless tho't the night?
On thy Creator cast thy care;
He makes thy burdens light.
4 Did not Hs love and truth and pow'r
Watch o'er thy childhood day?
Has He not oft in threat'ning hour
Turn dreaded ills away?
5 He ever will with patience chide,
His rod falls gently down,
And all thy sins he casts aside
And in the sea doth drown.
6 When silent woe thy bosom rends,
His pity sees thy grief,
Supplies what to His glory tends
And to thine own relief.
7 He knows how oft a Christian weeps
And why his tears now fall;
And in the book His mercy keeps
These things are noted all.
8 His wisdom never plans in vain,
Nor falters nor mistakes;
All that His counsels did ordain
A happy ending makes.
9 Upon thy lips, then, lay thy hand
And trust His guiding love;
Then like a rock your peace shall stand
Here and in heaven above.
|First Line:||Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing|
|Title:||Rejoice, My heart, Be Glad and Sing|
|German Title:||Ich singe dir mit Herz und Mund|
|Translator:||John Kelly (1867, alt.)|
|Author:||Paul Gerhardt (1653, cento)|
|Topic:||Cross and Comfort|
|Name:||ICH SINGE DIR|
|Source:||"Harmonischer Liederschatz", Frankfurt, 1738|