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Forsake me not, my God,Thy gracious hand extend me

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1 Forsake me not, my God,
Thy gracious hand extend me!
O Father, lead Thy child;
Where'er I go, defend me!
My steps are turned towards home;
Lighten the darksome road:
My Guide, my Guard, my All;
Forsake me not, my God!

2 Forsake me not, my God!
Restrain, confirm, direct me,
Control my tottering feet,
From sinful falls protect me;
The Holy Spirit grant;
And, 'neath the heaviest load,
Be Thou my Strength and Stay:
Forsake me not, my God!

3 Forsake me not, my God!
In every trying hour,
O King of kings, be nigh
With Thy resistless power!
Against the tempter's arts,
Thy mighty aid afford,
That I may never yield;
Forsake me not, my God!

4 Forsake me not, my God!
Help me, Thy Word believing,
To keep through life Thy faith,
In death Thy crown receiving.
I long to see Thy face,
To dwell in Thine abode,
To know Thee as Thou art;
Forsake me not, my God!


Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #397

Author: Salomo Franck

Franck, Salomo, son of Jakob Franck, financial secretary at Weimar, was born at Weimar, March 6, 1659. Little is known of his early history. He probably studied at Jena, and seems thereafter to have held some appointment at Zwickau. In 1689 he became secretary of the Schwarzburg ducal administration at Arnstadt; and in 1697 of the Saxon administration and of the consistory at Jena. He was then, in 1702, appointed secretary of the consistory, librarian, and curator of the ducal collection of coins and medals at Weimar. He died at Weimar July 11, 1725 (Koch, v. 420-426; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, vii. 213-214; Schauer's introduction, &c.) He was a member of the Fruitbearing Society, and the author of a considerable number of secular po… Go to person page >

Translator: Henry Eyler Jacobs

Born: November 10, 1844, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Died: July 7, 1932, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Eyster was a graduate of Gettysburg College (1862), and Gettysburg Seminary (1865). While at seminary, he served on the United States Christian Commission in Virginia and Maryland (1864-65). He also attended Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania (DD 1877, LLD 1892) and Muhlenberg College (STD 1907). He later served as principal of Thiel Hall, Monaca, Pennsylvania; as Franklin Professor of Latin and History at the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg College (1870-80); and president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His works include: The Luth… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Forsake me not, my God,Thy gracious hand extend me
German Title: Ach Gott, verlass mich nicht
Author: Salomo Franck (1714)
Translator: Henry Eyler Jacobs (1912)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1918
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


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