506. Why should cross and trial grieve me?

1 Why should cross and trial grieve me?
Christ is near
With his cheer;
Never will he leave me.
Who can rob me of the heaven
That God's Son
For my own
To my faith hath given?

2 God oft gives me days of gladness;
Shall I grieve
If he give
Seasons, too, of sadness?
God is good and tempers ever
All my ill,
And he will
Wholly leave me never.

3 Death cannot destroy for ever;
From our fears,
Cares, and tears
It will us deliver.
It will close life's mournful story,
Make a way
That we may
Enter heav'nly glory.

4 Lord, my Shepherd, take me to thee.
Thou art mine;
I was thine,
Even ere I knew thee.
I am thine, for thou hast bought me;
Lost I stood,
But thy blood
Free salvation brought me.

5 Thou art mine; I love and own thee.
Light of Joy,
Ne'er shall I
From my heart dethrone thee.
Saviour, let me soon behold thee
Face to face,—
May thy grace
Evermore enfold me!


Text Information
First Line: Why should cross and trial grieve me?
Author: Paul Gerhardt (1653, cento)
Translator: John Kelly
Publication Date: 1961
Meter: 8. 3. 3. 6. 8. 3. 3. 6.
Topic: Christ: Shepherd; Christian Life: Tribulation and Suffering; Comfort (4 more...)
Source: Tr. composite based on John Kelly
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Johann G. Ebeling (1666)
Meter: 8. 3. 3. 6. 8. 3. 3. 6.
Key: F Major

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