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Forty Days and Forty Nights

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

Author: George Hunt Smyttan (1856)
Tune: HEINLEIN
Published in 130 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 that we 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 the eternal Eastertide.

Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #167

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)
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Publication Date: 1856
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

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)

Tune

HEINLEIN

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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Ancient and Modern #121

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #202

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Chalice Hymnal #179

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #207

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #337

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Common Praise (1998) #175

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #190

Complete Mission Praise #160

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Gather (3rd ed.) #483

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Glory to God #167

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Hymnal 1982 #150

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #56

Hymns and Psalms #130a

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Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #103

Hymns Old and New #145

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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #288

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Presbyterian Hymnal #77

Sing Glory #381

Singing the Faith #236

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The New Century Hymnal #205

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Together in Song #591

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Worship (3rd ed.) #419

Worship (4th ed.) #466

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