Dwell in Christ, who once descended

Dwell in Christ, who once descended

Author: Karl Johann Philipp Spitta
Tune: SPITTA (Florio)
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Dwell in Christ, who once descended
From above thro’ love of thee;
Who a thousand pangs endured
In thy pains to succor thee;
Dwell in Him, who ever liveth
When all else shall pass away,
And when all to dust returneth,
Who shall triumph then for aye.

2 All shall die; the earthly findeth
In the earth a grave alway;
All the joys of earth shall vanish,
And the heart itself decay;
Earthly being, it shall perish;
Flicker earthly flames and die;
Earthly fetters shall be loosed;
Earthly blooms fade utterly.

3 On the wreck of all things earthly
God is standing, and doth say
“Stay thyself on Me, believing;
Faith will drive all fear away.”
Dwell in Him, who ever liveth,
Lasting treasure who can give,
In the book of life He’ll write thee,
In Him do thou ever live.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #173

Author: Karl Johann Philipp Spitta

Spitta, Carl Johann Philipp, D.D., was born Aug. 1, 1801, at Hannover, where his father, Lebrecht Wilhelm Gottfried Spitta, was then living, as bookkeeper and teacher of the French language. In his eleventh year Spitta fell into a severe illness, which lasted for four years, and so threw him back that his mother (the father died in 1805) abandoned the idea of a professional career, and apprenticed him to a watchmaker. This occupation did not prove at all congenial to him, but he would not confess his dislike, and his family were ignorant of it till an old friend, who was trying to comfort him after the death of a younger brother, discovered his true feelings. The younger brother had been preparing for ordination, and so Carl was now invited… Go to person page >

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Author: Karl Johann Philipp Spitta

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