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It Does Not Cast Too Hard A Strife

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1 It does not cost too hard a strife
To be a Christian, pure and heaven-minded.
Though we shall find, when giving God our life,
Our nature is in sin and error blinded,
The Lord will still to every yearning heart
His grace impart.

2 In Jesus' arm thy soul shall rest
Just as a child in mother's arm reposes;
He to each soul that comes to Him distressed
Most tenderly His saving love discloses.
Should it be hard when by His grace restored,
To love the Lord?

3 The Lord proposes thee no ill,
Thy disobedience causes all thine anguish.
Commit to God thy sinful heart and will,
And thou no more in sin and grief shalt languish.
Give Him thy will, and all thy grief and fear
Shall disappear.

4 Then shall thy light appear anew
Like morning from the deep of night ascending,
What thou didst hope shall stand before thee true;
They are not shamed who are on God depending,
A Christian does in constant joy abide
Whate'er betide.

5 Arise, my soul, in faith and love
And to the Lord with hope and trust surrender,
Then shalt thou taste the joy which reigns above
And Jesus will be hence thy strong defender.
With all thy need unto thy Savior flee,
He saveth thee.


Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #226

Translator (English): J. C. Aaberg

Jens Christian Aaberg (b. Moberg, Denmark, 1877; d. Minneapolis, MN, 1970) immigrated to the United States in 1901. Educated at Grand View College and Seminary in Des Moines, Iowa, he entered the ministry of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served congregations in Marinette, Wisconsin; Dwight, Illinois; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aaberg wrote Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark (1945), translated at least eighty hymns from Danish into English, and served on four hymnal committees. In 1947 King Frederick of Denmark awarded him the Knight Cross of Denmark. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987  Go to person page >

Translator (Danish): Hans Adolf Brorson

(no biographical information available about Hans Adolf Brorson.) Go to person page >

Author: Christian Friedrich Richter

Richter, Christian Friedrich, son of Sigismund Richter, Rath and Chancellor to Count von Promnitz at Sorau, in Brandenburg, was born at Sorau, Oct. 5, 1676. At the University of Halle he was first a student of medicine and then of theology. In 1698, A. H. Francke appointed him Inspector of the Paedagogium, and then made him, in 1699, physician in general to all his Institutions. In company with his younger brother, Dr. Christian Sigismund Richter, he made many chemical experiments, for which he prepared himself by special prayer; and invented many compounds which came into extensive use under the name of the “Halle Medicines," the most famous being the Essentia dulcis, which was a preparation of gold. He died at Halle, Oct. 5, 1711 (Koch,… Go to person page >

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First Line: It does not cost too hard a strife
Title: It Does Not Cast Too Hard A Strife
Danish Title: Det koster ej for megen Strid
Translator (English): J. C. Aaberg
Translator (Danish): Hans Adolf Brorson
Author: Christian Friedrich Richter
Meter: 8.11.10.11.10.4
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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