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Break Forth, O Sun Of Grace Most Tender

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1 Break forth, O Sun of grace most tender,
And give my troubled heart relief!
To Thee obstructing clouds surrender,
And do no longer cause me grief.
Oh, let not those remain in blindness.
Who cry to Thee for loving-kindness.

2 Thou wert and art and ever stayest
The Comfort of the world in need;
Our fears and sorrows Thou allayest,
And art to penitents their meed,
Whatever trouble us assaileth,
Thy saving power never faileth.

3 Thou mak'st the deafened ear to hear Thee,
And givest to the blind their sight;
Thou healest lepers who draw near Thee,
The palsied walk with great delight;
Thou life and health to all hast given,
And to the poor Thy gifts from heaven.

4 When Thou hast thus Thy might exerted,
And let the world Thy glory see,
Why is my face from Thee averted?
O Jesus, turn my heart to Thee!
I know Thou art the same forever
In meeting Satan's vile endeavor.

5 My heat is filled with deep contrition,
O gracious Jesus, help Thou me!
Incline Thine ear to my petition,
And set from sin and grief me free.
Be Thou my Stay, my Joy, my Savior
And make me rich in love and favor!

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #221

Translator (English): P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

Translator (Danish): Hans Adolf Brorson

(no biographical information available about Hans Adolf Brorson.) Go to person page >

Author: Ludwig Andreas Gotter

Gotter, Ludwig Andreas, son of Johann Christian Gotter, Court preacher and Superintendent at Gotha, was born at Gotha, May 26, 1661. He was at first privy secretary and then Hofrath at Gotha, where he died Sept. 19, 1735. He was a pious, spiritually-minded man, with tendencies towards Pietism; and one of the best hymnwriters of the period. Of his printed hymns the earliest appeared in the Geistliches Gesang-Buch, Halle, 1697. Of the 23 included in Freylinghausen's Geistleiches Gesang-Buch, 1704, and Neues, 1714, seven have been translated into English, besides his version of J. W. Petersen's "Salve, crux beata, salve (q. v.). J. C. Wetzel, who had become acquainted with him during a visit Gotter made to Römhild in 1733, mentions a complete… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Break forth, O Sun of grace most tender
Title: Break Forth, O Sun Of Grace Most Tender
Danish Title: Bryd frem mit Jhertes Trang at lindre
Translator (English): P. C. Paulsen
Translator (Danish): Hans Adolf Brorson
Author: Ludwig Andreas Gotter
Meter: 9.8.9.8.8.9
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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