1 Die Sach ist dein, Herr Jesu Christ,
die Sach, an der wir stehn,
und weil es deine Sache ist,
kann sie nicht untergehn.
Allein das Weizenkorn, davor
es fruchtbar sproßt zum Licht empor,
wir sterbend in der Erde Schooß
vor der vom eignen Wesen los,
im Steben los,
vom eigne Wesen los.
2 Da gingest jesu, unser Haupt,
Durch Leiden himmelan,
Und führest jeden, der da glaubt,
Mit dir die gleiche Bahn.
Wohlan, so führ uns allzugleich
Zum Theil am leiden und am Reich;
Führ uns durch deines todes Thor
Sammt deiner Sach zum Licht empor!
Zum Licht empor,
Durch deines todes Thor.
Felician Martin von Zaremba was born in Zaroy bei Grodno, Poland (modern Hrodna in Belarus). He studied in Dorpat and Moscow. He gave up a diplomatic career after contacts with the Pietist movement and became a missionary with the Basel Mission and worked with August Heinrich Dittrich in the Caucusus in the 19th Century. Czar Alexander I was sympathetic to evangelical missions, but his successor Nicholas I ended the Caucusus mission by mandate in 1833. Zaremba worked, however, from 1822-1838 in the region, moving into Armenia. He founded an evangelical printing press and college in Armenia. He coined the expression: "The Orient can only be reached by the Orient." He moved twice back and forth between the Caucasus and Basel, working with… Go to person page >
Author (v. 1-2): Sam Preiswerk, 1799-1870
Preiswerk, Samuel, son of Alexander Preiswerk, pastor at Rümlingen, in the canton of Basel, was born at Rümlingen, Sept. 19, 1799. After studying at the Universities of Basel, Tübingen, and Erlangen, he was for some time curate in charge at Benken, in the canton of Basel. In 1824 he was appointed preacher at the Basel Orphanage, and in 1829 tutor of Hebrew at the Basel mission house. In 1830 he was chosen as pastor of Muttenz, near Basel, but on the outbreak of the Revolution of 1832 had to leave. After being from 1834 to 1837 professor of Old Testament Exegesis and Oriental languages in the Evangelical Theological Institution at Geneva, he returned to Basel, where he was instituted, in 1843, as pastor of St. Leonard's church, and in 185… Go to person page >
Display Title: Die Sach ist Dein, Herr Jesus ChristFirst Line: Die Sach ist Dein, Herr Jesus ChristTune Title: [Die Sach ist Dein, Herr Jesus Christ]Author: Felician Martin von Zaremba, 1794-1874; Samuel Preiswerk, 1799-1871Date: 2001