1 I now have found for hope of heaven
An anchor ground that firm will hold;
One--through the cross of Jesus given,
By God predestined from of old;
A ground that shall enduring stay,
When earth and skies have passed away.
2 ’Tis mercy,--mercy never ending,
Whose measure all our thoughts excels,
The arms of pity wide extending
Of Him whose heart for sinners feels,
And whose compassion warns His foes
To fly from sin and endless woes.
3 Of all beside were I forsaken,
That could my soul or body cheer,--
If every joy of earth were taken,
And not a friend were left me here,--
One joy remains--the brightest, best:
With pardoning love I still am blest.
Rothe, Johann Andreas, son of Aegidius Rother, pastor at Lissa, near Görlitz, in Silesia, was born at Lissa, May 12, 1688. He entered the University of Leipzig in 1708, as a student of Theology, graduated M.A., and was then, in 1712, licensed at Gorlitz as a general preacher. In 1718 he became tutor in the family of Herr von Schweinitz at Leube, a few miles south of Gorlitz, and while there frequently preached in neighbouring churches. During 1722 Count N. L. von Zinzendorf, happening to hear him preach at Gross-Hennersdorf, was greatly pleased with him, and when the pastorate at Berthelsdorf became vacant shortly thereafter, gave him the presentation. He entered on his duties at Berthelsdorf Aug. 30, 1722. There he took a great interest i… Go to person page >
Display Title: I Now Have Found for Hope of HeavenFirst Line: I now have found for hope of HeavenTune Title: MIR IST ERBARMUNG WIDERFAHRENAuthor: Johann A. Rothe; Henry MillsMeter: 98.98.88Source: Christ-Catholisches Singe- und Bet-Büchlein, by Nikolaus L. von Zinzendorf, 1727