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Lord, to Thee I now surrender, all I have

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1 Lord, to thee I now surrender
All I have, and all I am.
Make my heart more true and tender,
Glorify in me thy Name.
Let obedience, let obedience
To thy will be all my aim.

2 Gracious God, all thou hast spoken
In this covenant shall take place;
But if I, alas, have broken
These my vows, hide not thy face;
And from falling, and from falling,
O restore me by thy grace! A-men.

3 Help me in this high endeavor,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost;
Bind my heart to thee for ever
Till I join the heavenly host.
Living, dying, living, dying,
Let me make in thee my boast.

Amen.

Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #293

Author: Johann J. Rambach

Rambach, Johann Jakob, D.D., son of Hans Jakob Rambach, cabinet maker at Halle on the Saale, was born at Halle, Feb. 24, 1693. In 1706 he left school and entered his father's workshop, but, in the autumn of 1707, he dislocated his ankle. During his illness he turned again to his schoolbooks; the desire for learning reawoke; and on his recovery, early in 1708, he entered the Latin school of the Orphanage at Halle (Glaucha). On Oct. 27, 1712, he matriculated at the University of Halle as a student of medicine, but soon turned his attention to theology. He became specially interested in the study of the Old Testament under J. H. Michaelis. In May 1715 he became one of Michaelis's assistants in preparing his edition of the Hebrew Bible, for whi… Go to person page >

Translator: Charles William Schaeffer

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Text Information

First Line: Lord, to Thee I now surrender, all I have
Original Language: German
Author: Johann J. Rambach
Translator: Charles William Schaeffer
Language: English

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ST. THOMAS (Wade)

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Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #293

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