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Jesus, my Captain, to victory lead me

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1 Jesus, my Captain, to victory lead me;
Swiftly the powers of darkness draw near.
Thou who from Satan's dominion hast freed me,
Lend me Thy help and allay all my fear.
Seeing the tempter would cunningly sift me,
Do Thou in mercy sustain and uplift me.

2 Jesus, my Captain, who dearly hast bought me,
Suffer me not to be felled by the foe.
Tho' in his meshes he deftly have caught me,
Strength to escape them upon me bestow.
Tho' all the forces of Babel be raging,
Be Thou my Refuge, all terrors assuaging.

3 Jesus, my Captain, whose eyes do not slumber,
Deign for me ever to watch and to pray;
Let not temptation my spirit encumber,
Keep me secure in Thy truth and Thy way.
When the dark shadows of night would enthrall me,
Be Thou my Shield, lest some ill should befall me.

4 Jesus, my Captain, in battle victorious,
Let me the emblem of victory gain.
Then shall my praises, O Savior all-glorious,
Fervent and joyful forever remain.
Where the fair angels of heaven adore Thee,
Let me with anthems of praise come before Thee.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #251

Author: Johann Heinrich Schröder

Schröder, Johann Heinrich, was born Oct. 4,1667, at Springe (Hallerspringe) near Hannover. He studied at the University of Leipzig, where he experienced the awakening effects of A. H. Francke's lectures. In 1696 he was appointed pastor at Meseberg, near Neuhaldensleben; and in the registers there records of himself (writing in the third person), " 1696, on the 17th Sunday after Trinity, viz. on Oct. 4, on which day he was born, with the beginning of his 30th year, he entered on the pastorate of this parish." He died at Meseberg, June 30, 1699 (Koch, iv., 381; Blatter für Hymnologie, 1883, p. 192, &c). Schröder is best known by the four hymns which he contributed to the Geistreiches Gesang-Buch, Halle, 1697; and which are repeated in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, my Captain, to victory lead me
German Title: Jesu, hilf siegen, du Fürste des Lebens!
Author: Johann Heinrich Schröder
Language: English


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American Lutheran Hymnal #251

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