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Ah this heart is void and chill

Full Text

1 Ah, this heart is void and chill,
'Mid earth's noisy thronging;
For the Father's mansions still
Earnestly is longing.

2 O to be at home, and gain
All for which we're sighing;
From all earthly want and pain
To be swiftly flying!

3 With this load of sin and care
Then no longer bending,
But with waiting angels there
On our Lord attending!

4 Ah, how blessed, blessed they
Who have rightly striven,
And rejoin eternally
With their Lord in heaven!

Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #455

Translator: Jane Borthwick

Miss Jane Borthwick, the translator of this hymn and many others, is of Scottish family. Her sister (Mrs. Eric Findlater) and herself edited "Hymns from the Land of Luther" (1854). She also wrote "Thoughts for Thoughtful Hours (1859), and has contributed numerous poetical pieces to the "Family Treasury," under the signature "H.L.L." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Author: Karl Johann Philipp Spitta

Spitta, Carl Johann Philipp, D.D., was born Aug. 1, 1801, at Hannover, where his father, Lebrecht Wilhelm Gottfried Spitta, was then living, as bookkeeper and teacher of the French language. In his eleventh year Spitta fell into a severe illness, which lasted for four years, and so threw him back that his mother (the father died in 1805) abandoned the idea of a professional career, and apprenticed him to a watchmaker. This occupation did not prove at all congenial to him, but he would not confess his dislike, and his family were ignorant of it till an old friend, who was trying to comfort him after the death of a younger brother, discovered his true feelings. The younger brother had been preparing for ordination, and so Carl was now invited… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ah this heart is void and chill
German Title: Ach, uns wird das Herz so leer
Author: Karl Johann Philipp Spitta (c. 1828)
Translator: Jane Borthwick (1853)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Looking home


Ach, uns wird das Herz so leer . C. J. P. Spitta. [Longing for Heaven .] First published in the First Series, 1833, of his Psalter und Harfe , p. 134, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, entitled "Homesickness." Translated as:— Ah! this heart is void and chill. A good translation, omitting stanza v., by Mrs. Findlater in the 2nd Ser., 1855, of the Hymns from the Land of Luther (ed. 1862, p. 110, 1884, p. 86). Included, slightly altered, and omitting stanza ii., as No. 455, in the Pennsylvania Lutheran Church Book, 1868. In W. B. Bradbury's Golden Shower , N. Y. 1860 (ed. 1870, p. 158) the translations of stanzas ii., vi., are rewritten, and a chorus added. Stanzas i., ii., iv. of this form, with the chorus, were included as No. 1279, in Robinson's Songs for the Sanctuary , 1865, and, as No. 1048, in the Baptist Praise Book. 1871. [Rev. James Mearns, M. A.] --Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Billows of Song #d6
Bradbury's Golden Shower of S.S. Melodies: a new collection of hymns and tunes for the Sabbath school #32AudioPage Scan
Chapel Melodies #158Page Scan
Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #455Page Scan
Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #455TextPage Scan
Crystal Gems for the Sabbath School: containing a choice collection of new hymns and tunes, suitable for anniversaries, and all other exercises of the Sabbath-school... #102Page Scan
Familiar Hymns for Social Meetings #149Page Scan
Gospel Hymns No. 3 #122Page Scan
Hallowed Songs #d5
Hallowed Songs: a collection of the most popular hymns and tunes, both old, and new, designed for prayer and social meetings, revivals, family worship, and Sabbath schools #342Page Scan
Hallowed Songs: for prayer and social meetings, containing hymns and tunes, carefully selected from all sources, both old and new, and are of the most spiritual..(Newly Revised) #67Page Scan
Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #487Page Scan
Hymns from the Land of Luther, Translated from the German #d6
Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #861Page Scan
Pilgrim's Songs: a musical pocket companion, or hymn and tune fook for prayer and social meetings consisting chiefly of selections from the author's most popular melodies and hymns that have . . . #24Page Scan
Popular Hymns Number 2: for the work and worship of the church in public worship, prayer-meetings, revivals, conventions, Sunday-schools, young people's meetings, etc., etc. #203Page Scan
Social Hymn and Tune Book: for the Lecture Room, Prayer Meeting, Family Circle, and Mission Church #d9
Social Hymn Book: Being the Hymns of the Social Hymn and Tune Book for the Lecture Room, Prayer Meeting, Family, and Congregation (2nd ed.) #314Page Scan
Social Hymns, Original and Selected #d5
Soldier's Friend #d5
Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #1279
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #1279Tune InfoPage Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #1279Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #1279Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1279Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #1279Page Scan
Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #928Page Scan
Songs of the Church: or, hymns and tunes for Christian worship #756Page Scan
The American Hymn and Tune Book, Newly Revised and Especially Adapted to Vestry Use #d1
The Baptist Praise Book #1048Page Scan
The Chapel Hymn Book #d7
The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book: for social and public worship #91Page Scan
The Devotional Hymn Book #d8
The Eclectic Sabbath School Hymn Book #124Page Scan
The Extra Hymn Book #3Page Scan
The Liturgy and the Office of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #861Page Scan
The New Golden Shower: containing the Gems of the "Golden Shower," with about one-half additional (new) pieces, designed for sunday schools, social, missionary and temperance meetings #32Page Scan
The Revivalist: a Collection of Choice Revival Hymns and Tunes #227Page Scan
The Sabbath School Timbrel ... On the Same Notation as "The Timbrel of Zion" #d4
The Saints' Harp #d26
The Saints' Hymnal #d6
The Y. M. Christian Association Hymn-Book, with Tunes. #61bPage Scan
Young Men's Christian Association Hymn and Tune Book #196bPage Scan
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