Forty Days and Forty Nights

Forty days and forty nights, Thou wast fasting in the wild

Author: George Hunt Smyttan (1856)
Published in 140 hymnals

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1 Forty days and forty nights
You were fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights,
Tempted, and yet undefiled.

2 Shall not we your sorrow share
And from worldly joys abstain,
Fasting with unceasing prayer,
Strong with you to suffer pain?

3 Then, if Satan on us press,
Flesh or spirit to assail,
Victor in the wilderness,
Grant we may not faint nor fail!

4 So shall we have peace divine;
Holier gladness ours shall be.
Round us, too, shall angels shine,
Such as served You faithfully.

5 Keep, O keep us, Savior dear,
Ever constant by your side,
That with you we may appear
At th'eternal Eastertide.

Source: One in Faith #421

Author: George Hunt Smyttan

George Hunt Smyttan studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. 1845. He was ordained Deacon in 1848, Priest in 1849, and appointed Rector of Hawksworth in 1850. He has published some small volumes of poetry. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

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First Line: Forty days and forty nights, Thou wast fasting in the wild
Title: Forty Days and Forty Nights
Author: George Hunt Smyttan (1856)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Forty days and forty nights. G. H. Smyttan. [Lent.] First published in the Penny Post, March, 1856 (vol. vi. p. 60), in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, headed "Poetry for Lent; As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing," and signed "G. H. S." In 1861, 6 stanzas were given with alterations in the Rev. F. Pott's Hymns, &c, and repeated in Hymns Ancient & Modern 1861-75; Mrs. Brock's Children's Hymn Book, 1881, and others. Other slightly altered texts are given in the Sarum Hymnal, 1868; the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, and others. This hymn has extended to a few American collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



AUS DER TIEFE (also called HEINLEIN) was published in the Nürnbergisches Gesang-Buch (1676-77) as a setting for Christoph Schwamlein's text based on Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe rufe ich" ("Out of the Depths I Cry"). In that songbook the tune was attributed to "M. H.," initials that are generally acce…

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