Great joy and consolation

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1 Great joy and consolation
I find, O Christ, in Thee,
For Thou art my Salvation,
Thy passion sets me free;
Upon the cross Thy precious blood
Was sacrificed for sinners
To give me peace with God.

2 Beneath Thy cross I tarry,
O teach me in Thy death
Humbly my own to carry
Along the hallowed path
That Thou for all mankind hast trod
To purchase our salvation
And give us peace with God.

3 I see Thee serve and labor
In love to save mankind;
So may I help my neighbor
Whom needy I may find;
And though ungrateful he may prove,
O let me not grow weary
In Christlike deeds of love.

4 And when my days are ended,
And all my struggles cease,
Thine arms I see extended
To give eternal peace.
Whoever here confesses Thee
Shalt Thou confess in glory
Where we shall dwell with Thee.

Amen.

Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #392

Author: Johan Olaf Wallin

Johan Olaf Wallin was born at Stora Tuna, in 1779, and early displayed his poetical powers. In 1805, and again in 1809, he gained the chief prize for poetry at Upsala. In the latter year he became pastor at Solna; here his ability as a preacher was so striking that he was transferred to Stockholm, in 1815, as "pastor primarius," a title for which we have no exact equivalent. In 1818 he was made Dean of Westeras, and set about the task of editing a revised hymn-book for the whole of Sweden. This task he completed in 1819, and published it as, Den Swenska Psalmboken, af Konungen gillad och stadfästad (The Swedish hymn-book, approved and confirmed by the King). To it he contributed some 150 hymns of his own, besides translations and recasting… Go to person page >

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Author: Johan Olaf Wallin

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