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114. 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 Sunbeams scorching all the day,
chilly dewdrops nightly shed;
prowling beasts about our way;
stones your pillow, earth your bed.

3 Shall not we your trial share,
and from earthly joys abstain,
fasting with unceasing prayer,
strong with you to suffer pain?

4 If temptations, vexing sore,
flesh or spirit should assail,
you their vanquisher before,
grant we may not faint nor fail.

5 Keep, oh keep us, Saviour dear,
ever constant by your side;
that with you we may appear
at the eternal Eastertide.

Text Information
First Line: Forty days and forty nights
Title: Forty Days and Forty Nights
Author: George Hunt Smyttan (1856)
Alterer: Francis Pott (1861, alt.)
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 7 7 7 7
Topic: The Christian Year: Lent; Christian Year: Ash Wednesday; Christian Year: Lent (10 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): Martin Herbst (1676)
Meter: 7 7 7 7
Key: d minor

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