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602. 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
Author: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863; alt.)
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: God: Faithfulness of; Supplication: For Sanctification
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Ahasuerus Fritsch (1679)
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750
Key: C Major
Source: Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata 45

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