I Know, O God, I Need Thy Watchful Care

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1 I know, O God, I need Thy watchful care,
Thou callest me when from Thy path I wander;
Thou chidest me when sinful ways Thou breakest;
I know Thy love for me is rich and warm,
Yea, warmest when Thou me most strongly shakest.

2 I know Thou smitest not to do me harm,
Thou lovest me when sinful ways Thou breakest;
I know Thy love for me is rich and warm,
Yea, warmest when Thou me most strongly shakest.

3 And yet each time Thy hand upon me lies,
When I in sin have left Thy call unheeded,
My heart breaks out in loud and bitter cries,
I think Thou smitest more than it is needed.

4 How oft my prayer: "O God, Thy will be done!"
Has unto Thee in confidence ascended;
But when Thy will against mine own has gone,
I knew it was my own that I intended.

5 I waver, then, but know that Thou art right,
Thy guiding hand Thy willful child is training;
Thy yoke is easy, and Thy burden light,
I know I have no reason for complaining.

6 Teach me, O God, to will but what Thou wilt,
And check Thou me when oft mine own I'm seeking;
Chastize Thou me, but take away my guilt,
And give me grace to hear when Thou art speaking.


Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #296

Author: Zakarias Nielsen

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Translator: P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

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First Line: I know, O God, I need thy watchful care
Title: I Know, O God, I Need Thy Watchful Care
Danish Title: Jeg ved det, Gud, jeg traenger til din Tugt
Author: Zakarias Nielsen
Translator: P. C. Paulsen
Meter: 10.11.10.11
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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