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If God be on my side

Full Text

1 If God be on my side,
Then let who will oppose,
For oft ere now to Him I cried,
And He hath quelled my foes.
If Jesus be my Friend,
If God doth love me well,
What matters all my foes intend,
Tho' strong they be and fell.

Refrain:
If God be on my side,
If Jesus be my Friend,
I'm sure He always will provide,
And guide me to the end.

2 Here I can firmly rest,
I dare to boast of this
That God the Highest and the Best
My Friend and Father is.
From dangerous snares He saves
Where'er He bids me go,
He checks the storms and calms the waves,
Nor lets aught work me woe. [Refrain]

3 I rest upon the ground
Of Jesus and His blood,
For 'tis through Him that I have found
The True Eternal Good.
Nought have I of mine own,
Nought in the life I lead,
What Christ hath given me, that alone
Is worth all love indeed. [Refrain]

Amen.



Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #528

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If God be on my side
German Title: Ist Gott für mich so trete
Author: Paul Gerhardt (1650)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1855)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 10 of 10)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Augsburg Songs for Sunday Schools and other services #138Page Scan
Augsburg Songs, Nos. l and 2 Combined #d144
Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #528TextPage Scan
Gems from Augsburg Songs for Sunday Schools and other Services #d72
Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church #328Page Scan
Hymns of the Church Militant #106Page Scan
Immanuel Hymnal #d183
Lyra Germanica: hymns for the Sundays and chief festivals of the Christian year #130Page Scan
Lyra Germanica: The Christian Year #56Text
The Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #371Page Scan



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