1 Friend of the weary, O refresh us,
And turn to us Thy loving face,
With Thy sweet peace and pardon bless us,
That sin may be destroyed by grace;
O come, Thy sweet compassion showing,
On our poor souls Thy grace bestowing.
2 From Thee our only comfort cometh,
Our strength and hope, O Lord of all;
To Thee all power still belongeth
To save and help us in each fall;
Thy grace and pardon will deliver,
And set us free from shame forever.
3 As Thou didst help the sick and weary,
Who once were gathered at Thy side,
'Mid earthly deserts, waste and dreary,
In Thy sure aid we still confide;
When evils come our souls assailing,
Send us Thy Word of grace unfailing.
Gotter, Ludwig Andreas, son of Johann Christian Gotter, Court preacher and Superintendent at Gotha, was born at Gotha, May 26, 1661. He was at first privy secretary and then Hofrath at Gotha, where he died Sept. 19, 1735. He was a pious, spiritually-minded man, with tendencies towards Pietism; and one of the best hymnwriters of the period. Of his printed hymns the earliest appeared in the Geistliches Gesang-Buch, Halle, 1697. Of the 23 included in Freylinghausen's Geistleiches Gesang-Buch, 1704, and Neues, 1714, seven have been translated into English, besides his version of J. W. Petersen's "Salve, crux beata, salve (q. v.). J. C. Wetzel, who had become acquainted with him during a visit Gotter made to Römhild in 1733, mentions a complete… Go to person page >
Display Title: Friend of the weary, O refresh usFirst Line: Friend of the weary, O refresh usTune Title: BRYD FREM, MIT HJERTES TRANG AT LINDREAuthor: Ludwig Andreas Gotter, d. 1735; John Caspar MattesDate: 1917Subject: The Christian Life | Communion with Christ
Display Title: Friend of the Weary, O Refresh UsFirst Line: Friend of the weary, O refresh usTune Title: NORELIUSAuthor: Ludwig Andreas Gotter (1661-1735); Rev. John Casper MattesMeter: 9 8, 9 8, 9 9.Date: 1926Subject: Church Year | Lent; Lent, Fourth Sunday | ; Christ | Longing for; Names and Office of Christ | Comforter; Names and Office of Christ | Friend