1 Keep faithfully the promise thou
Hast made in confirmation;
Make in thy life this sacred vow
Thy bulwark and foundation.
Remember that God promised hath
In thy baptismal hour,
To lead and guard and thee award
A father’s love forever.
2 Be true to God, let trouble not
Nor cross thee from Him sever;
If He’s thy Father and thy God,
Canst thou then have it better?
This highest good gives happy mood,
Hast thou His grace and pleasure;
O happy soul, then hast thou more
Than Heav’n and earth can measure.
3 Be true to God, whatever be
Your call or rank or station;
What harm can come, if only He
Has thee in His protection?
A fortress is His blessèd grace
’Gainst world and sin and devil,
His standard can mislead no man,
But shields from every evil.
4 Be true to God, confess His name,
His word thou hear and honor;
Be steadfast, let no fear nor fame
Nor place affect this manner.
The world will have its dust and chaff;
They shall together perish,
But God’s own word shall still go forth,
And without failure flourish.
Franck, Michael, son of Sebastian Franck, merchant at Schleusingen, was born at Schleusingen, March 16, 1609. At the Gymnasium of his native town he made good progress, but at his father's death it was found possible only to give his brothers Sebastian and Peter a university education. Michael was accordingly apprenticed to a baker, and in 1628 became a master baker at Schleusingen. Reduced to poverty by the sufferings of war, he fled in 1640 to Coburg, was there kindly received by one of the master bakers, and in 1644, somewhat unexpectedly, was appointed master of the lower classes in the town school. He died at Coburg Sept. 24, 1667 (Koch, iii. 435-441; Allg. Deutsche Biog. , vii. 259-260).
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