1 Lord of our life and God of our salvation,
Star of our night and Hope of ev'ry nation:
Hear and receive Your Church's supplication,
Lord God Almighty.
2 See round Your ark the hungry billows curling;
See how Your foes their banners are unfurling.
And with great spite their fiery darts are hurling,
O Lord, preserve us.
3 Lord, be our light when worldly darkness veils us;
Lord, be our shield when earthly armor fails us;
And in the day when hell itself assails us,
Grant us Your peace, Lord:
4 Peace in our hearts, where sinful thoughts are raging,
Peace in Your Church, our troubled souls assuaging,
Peace when the world its endless war is waging,
Peace in Your heaven.
Source: Lutheran Service Book #659
|First Line:||Lord of our life, and God of our salvation|
|Title:||Lord of Our Life and God of Our Salvation|
|German Title:||Christe, du Beistand|
|Author:||Matthäus Appeles von Löwenstern (1644)|
"It was at this time that he [Philip Pusey] composed the well-known ‘Hymn of the Church Militant.' . . . ‘It refers,' he writes to his brother, 'to the state of the Church'—that is to say, of the Church of England in 1834—assailed from without, enfeebled and distracted within, but on the eve of a great awakening" (vol. i., 1893, pp. 298, 299).At p. 699, i., this hymn is described as "rather founded on the German than a translation"; but it bears too much resemblance to the German to be regarded as entirely original. The English Hymnal, 1906, gives the text of 1840, except that in 1840 stanza ii., 1. 3 is "darts of venom" iii., 1. 2 is "when sin itself," and v., 1. 3 is “or, after." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)