439. If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee

1. If thou but suffer God to guide thee,
And hope in Him through all thy ways,
He'll give thee strength, whate'er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days:
Who trust in God's unchanging love
Builds on the rock that naught can move.

2. What can these anxious cares avail thee,
These never-ceasing moans and sighs?
What can it help, if thou bewail thee
O'er each dark moment as it flies?
Our cross and trials do but press
The heavier for our bitterness.

3. Only be still, and wait His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate'er thy Father's pleasure
And all-deserving love hath sent;
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.

4. Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
So do thine own part faithfully,
And trust His word,--though undeserving,
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee
God never yet forsook at need
The soul that trusted Him indeed.

Text Information
First Line: If thou but suffer God to guide thee
Title: If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee
Original Language: German
Translator: Miss C. Winkworth (1855, 1863)
Author: Georg Neumark (1641)
Meter: 9 8 9 8 8 8
Language: English
Publication Date: 1929
Topic: Choral Section: Faith and Trust
Tune Information
Composer: Georg Neumark (1657)
Meter: 9 8 9 8 8 8
Incipit: 51232 12757 76511
Key: g minor

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