717. When Simplicity We Cherish

1 When simplicity we cherish,
then the soul is full of light;
but that light will quickly vanish,
when of Jesus we lose sight.

2 Those who Christ alone desiring,
those whom nothing else can cheer
but the joy of his inspiring,
lending to his voice an ear;

3 who in Christ find greatest treasure
and upon his grace depend;
who but want to do his pleasure,
just fulfilling his commands;

4 who to Jesus humbly cleaving,
pay obedience to his word,
who in closest union living
with our Savior, Head, and Lord;

5 who in Jesus Christ abiding,
and from self-dependence free,
in none else but him confiding
walk in true simplicity.

6 Those who are by Christ directed,
trusting the Good Shepherd’s care,
from all harm will be protected,
and no danger need to fear.

Text Information
First Line: When simplicity we cherish
Title: When Simplicity We Cherish
Author: Augustus Gottlieb Spangenberg (1740)
Meter: Trochaic
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Trust and Guidance; Christ--All in all; Life in Christ (2 more...)
Source: Tr.: Moravian, 1746, alt.
Notes: Alternate translation, hymn 715
Tune Information
Composer: J. Thommen (1745)
Meter: Trochaic
Source: Herrnhut (c. 1735); C. Gregor Choralbuch (1784)
Notes: 16 A in 1891 Offices of Worship and Hymns

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