Ever would I fain be reading

Ever would I fain be reading

Translator: Catherine Winkworth; Author: Luise Hensel
Published in 23 hymnals

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1. Ever would I fain be reading
In the ancient holy Book,
Of my Savior’s gentle pleading,
Truth in every word and look.

2. How when children came He blessed them,
Suffered no man to reprove,
Took them in His arms, and pressed them
To His heart with words of love.

3. How to all the sick and tearful
Help was ever gladly shown;
How He sought the poor and fearful,
Called them brothers and His own.

4. How no contrite soul e’er sought Him,
And was bidden to depart,
How with gentle words He taught him,
Took the death from out his heart.

5. Still I read the ancient story,
And my joy is ever new,
How for us He left His glory,
How He still is kind and true.

6. How the flock He gently leadeth
Whom His Father gave Him here;
How His arms He widely spreadeth
To His heart to draw us near.

7. Let me kneel, my Lord, before Thee,
Let my heart in tears o’erflow,
Melted by Thy love adore Thee,
Blest in Thee ’mid joy or woe!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1384

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Author: Luise Hensel

Text of "Müde bin ich geh zur Ruh" is printed in Lutheran Service Book, 2006 #887… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ever would I fain be reading
German Title: Immer muss ich wieder lesem
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Author: Luise Hensel
Language: English

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