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69. O God, My Faithful God

1 O God, my faithful God,
true fountain ever flowing,
without whom nothing is,
all perfect gifts bestowing:
give me a healthy frame,
and may I have within
a conscience free from blame,
a soul unstained by sin.

2 Give me the strength to do
with ready heart and willing
whatever you command,
my calling here fulfilling--
to do it when I ought,
with all my strength; and bless
whatever I have wrought,
for you must give success.

3 Keep me from saying words
that later need recalling;
guard me, lest idle speech
may from my lips be falling;
but when, within my place,
I must and ought to speak,
then to my words give grace,
lest I offend the weak.

4 When dangers gather round,
oh, keep me calm and fearless;
help me to bear the cross
when life seems dark and cheerless;
help me, as you have taught,
to love both great and small,
and, by your Spirit's might,
to live at peace with all.

Text Information
First Line: O God, my faithful God
Title: O God, My Faithful God
German Title: O Gott du frommer Gott
Author: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Full of Grace and Truth
Source: Tr. the editors of the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), based on Winkworth's
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
Composer: Ahasuerus Fritsch (1679)
Key: D Major
Source: Cantata 45, J.S. Bach

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