205. Forty Days and Forty Nights

1 Forty days and forty nights
you were fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights
tempted, and yet undefiled.

2 Shall we not your sorrow share
and from worldly joys abstain,
Fasting with unceasing prayer,
strong with you to suffer pain?

3 Then if Satan on us press,
flesh or spirit to assail,
Victor in the wilderness,
grant that we not faint or fail!

4 So shall we have peace divine:
holier gladness ours shall be;
'Round us, too, shall angels shine,
such as served you faithfully.

5 Keep, O keep us, Savior dear,
ever constant by your side;
That with you we may appear
at the eternal Easter-tide.

Text Information
First Line: Forty days and forty nights
Title: Forty Days and Forty Nights
Author: George Hunt Smyttan (1856, alt.)
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Jesus Christ: Temptation of; Lent; Struggle and Conflict (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): Martin Herbst (1676)
Key: d minor

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