1 Ere yet the dawn hath filled the skies,
Behold my Savior Christ arise;
He chaseth from us sin and night
And brings us joy and life and light.
2 O stronger Thou than death and hell,
Where is the foe Thou canst not quell,
What heavy stone Thou canst not roll
From off the prisoned, suff'ring soul?
3 If Jesus lives, can I be sad?
I know He loves me and am glad:
Tho' all the world were dead to me,
Enough, O Christ, if I have Thee.
4 He feeds me, comforts and defends,
And when I die, His angel sends
To bear me whither He is gone;
For of His own He loseth none.
5 No more to fear or grief I bow,
God and the angels love me now;
The joys prepared for me today
Drive fear and mourning far away.
6 Strong Champion! For this comfort, see,
The whole world bringeth thanks to Thee!
And once we too shall raise above
More sweet and loud the song we love:
Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #437