Christ, my rock, my sure defence

Christ, my rock, my sure defence

Author: H. L. von Hayn
Published in 10 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Christ, my rock, my sure defence,
Jesus, my Redeemer liveth;
O! what pleasing hopes from thence
My believing heart deriveth!
Else death's long and gloomy night
Would my guilty soul affright.

2 Christ is risen from the dead,
Thou shalt rise too, saith my Saviour;
Of what should I be afraid,
I with him shall live forever.
Can the head forsake his limb,
And not draw it after him?

3 No, my soul he cannot leave,
This, this is my consolation;
And my body in the grave
Rests in hope and expectation,
That this mortal flesh shall see

4 Flesh I bear, and therefore must
Unto dust be once reduced,
This I own, but from the dust
I shall be to life produced,
And convey'd to endless bliss
Live where my Redeemer is!

5 In my body, when restor'd
To the likeness of his Body,
I shall see my God, my Lord,
My beloved in his glory;
In my flesh eternally
My Redeemer I shall see.

6 These mine eyes most certainly
Shall behold and know my Saviour,
I, no stranger, no, ev'n I,
Him to see shall have the favour:
Grieving pining in the clay
Ever shall be done away.

7 What here sickens, sighs and groans,
There o'er death shall prove victorious:
Earthly here are sown my bones,
Heav'nly they shall rise and glorious:
What is natural sown here,
Shall rise spiritual there.

8 Let us raise our minds above
This world's lust, vain, transitory,
Cleave to him ev'n here in love,
Whom we hope to see in glory:
May our minds tend constantly
Where we ever wish to be.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CCXXXVII

Author: H. L. von Hayn

Hayn, Henrietta Luise von, daughter of Georg Heinrich von Hayn, master of the hounds to the Duke of Nassau, was born at Idstein, Nassau, May 22, 1724. In 1746 she was formally received into the Moravian community at Herrnhaag. There, and, after the dissolution of this community, at Grosshennersdorf, and, after 1751 at Herrnhut, she was engaged as teacher in the Girls' School; and after 1766 in caring for the invalid sisters of the community. She died at Herrnhut, Aug. 27, 1782. (Koch, vi. 443-447; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xi. 1.58, &c.) She was a gifted hymnwriter. A fervent love to Christ pervades her produc┬Čtions; and they are remarkably free from the unpleasant sentimentalism and that dwelling on the physical details of our Lord'… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Christ, my rock, my sure defence
Author: H. L. von Hayn
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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