Courage, my sorely tempted heartAuthor: Justus Henning Böhmer (1704); Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Published in 5 hymnals
Courage, my sorely-tempted heart!
Break through thy woes, forget their smart;
Come forth and on thy Bridegroom gaze,
The Lamb of God, the Fount of grace;
Here is thy place!
His arms are open, thither flee!
There rest and peace are waiting thee,
The deathless crown of righteousness,
The entrance to eternal bliss;
He gives thee this!
Then combat well, of nought afraid,
For thus His follower thou art made,
Each battle teaches thee to fight,
Each foe to be a braver knight,
Arm'd with His might.
If storms of fierce temptation rise,
Unmoved I'll face the frowning skies;
If but the heart is true indeed,
Christ will be with me in my need,--
His own could bleed.
I flee away to Thy dear Cross,
For hope is there for every loss,
Healing for every wound and woe,
There all the strength of love I know,
And feel its glow.
Before the Holy One I fall,
The Eternal Sacrifice for all;
His death has freed us from our load,
Peace on the anguish'd soul bestow'd,
Brought us to God.
How then thould I go mourning on?
I look to Thee,--my fears are gone,
With Thee is rest that cannot cease,
For Thou hast wrought us full release,
And made our peace.
Thy word hath still its glorious powers,
The noblest cbivalry is ours;
O Thou, for whom to die is gain,
Bring Thee here my all, oh deign
T'accept and reign!
i. Brick durch, mein angefochtnes Herz. [Passiontide.] 1st pub. 1704, as above, No. 646, in 14 stanzas of 5 lines, repeated as No. 218 in the Berlin Geistliche Lieder ed. 1863. Translated as:—
Courage, my sorely tempted heart! A good translation by Miss Winkworth of stanzas i.-iii., vi., ix., xii.-xiv. in the 2nd Series of her Lyra Germanica 1858, p. 143, repeated as No. 126 in her Chorale Book for England, 1863. In Schaff’s Christ in Song, ed. 1879, p. 356.
-John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Chorale Book for England, The #126||Courage, my sorely-tempted heart!||Courage, my sorely-tempted heart!||Böhmer||1863|
|Christ in Song #455||Courage, my sorely tempted heart||Courage, my sorely tempted heart||Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878; Justus Henning Boehmer||1871|
|Hymns of the Ages: being selections from Wither, Cranshaw, Southwell, Habington, and other sources (2nd series) #120||Courage, my sorely-tempted heart!||Courage, my sorely-tempted heart!||J. H. Boehmer||1861|
|Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #512||Courage, my sorely tempted heart!||Courage, my sorely tempted heart!||Catherine Winkworth, 1829-78; Justus Henning Boehmer, 1674-1749||1891|
|The Liturgy and the Office of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #512||Courage, my sorely tempted heart||Courage, my sorely tempted heart||Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878; Justus Henning Boehmer||1908|