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Despair not, O heart, in thy sorrow

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1 Despair not, O heart, in thy sorrow,
From God's own assurances borrow
The promise that Jesus has given:
That life has in death its beginning.

2 As seed in the springtime is planted,
And rests in the earth until granted
God's blessing of warmth and of showers,
And blossoms in leaflets and flowers.

3 So we, amid sorrow and weeping,
Committed, O earth, to thy keeping,
Shall, given new life and perfection,
Come forth in the great resurrection.

4 O Lord, at thy coming in glory,
When all shall bow down and adore thee,
Then forth from the tomb's open portal,
O lead us to mansions immortal.


Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #297

Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 348 - 413

Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, "The Christian Pindar" was born in northern Spain, a magistrate whose religious convictions came late in life. His subsequent sacred poems were literary and personal, not, like those of St. Ambrose, designed for singing. Selections from them soon entered the Mozarabic rite, however, and have since remained exquisite treasures of the Western churches. His Cathemerinon liber, Peristephanon, and Psychomachia were among the most widely read books of the Middle Ages. A concordance to his works was published by the Medieval Academy of America in 1932. There is a considerable literature on his works. --The Hymnal 1940 Companion… Go to person page >

Translator: Edward Traill Horn III, b. 1909

(no biographical information available about Edward Traill Horn III, b. 1909.) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Despair not, O heart, in thy sorrow
Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 348 - 413
Translator: Edward Traill Horn III, b. 1909
Language: English
Publication Date: 1958
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1958.



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