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592. Dearest Jesus, We Are Here

1 Dearest Jesus, we are here,
Gladly Your command obeying;
With this child we now draw near
In response to Your own saying
That to You it shall be given
As a child and heir of heaven.

2 Your command is clear and plain,
And we would obey it duly:
"You must all be born again,
Heart and life renewing truly,
Born of water and the Spirit,
And My kingdom thus inherit."

3 Therefore we have come to You,
In our arms this infant bearing.
Truly here Your grace we view;
May this child, Your mercy sharing,
In Your arms be shielded ever,
Yours on earth and Yours forever.

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

5 Now into Your heart we pour
Prayers that from our hearts proceeded.
Our petitions heav'nward soar;
May our hearts' 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
Author: Benjamin Schmolck, 1672-1737
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78 (alt.)
Meter: 78 78 88
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Scripture: ;
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Rudolph Ahle, 1625-73 (alt. )
Arranger: Paul G. Bunjes, 1914-98 (alt. )
Meter: 78 78 88
Key: G Major
Copyright: Setting © 1982 Concordia Publishing House

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