Mindful Of A Constant Friend

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1 Mindful of a constant Friend
Now our hearts are filled with yearning,
Wishing that He soon will end
The long wait for His retiring.
Savior, help Thy church obey
Thy command to watch and pray.

2 For our sin Thou passed through death
Ad arose for our salvation;
Thou dost give us life and breath,
Helping us in our temptation.
Let us not forget Thy plea
Always to remember Thee.

3 Here we at Thy festal board
Seek Thy life and grace incessant,
With the faith that in Thy Word
Thou art truly with us present
Let us hear Thy blessed voice
And in Thy good gifts rejoice.

4 Jesus Christ, our faithful Fried,
We to Thee our hearts surrender
Let Thy grace our need attend,
Shield us with Thy mercy tender.
Thou our greatest joy shall be,
Help us find our life in Thee.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #168

Translator (English): P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

Translator (Danish): N. F. S. Grundtvig

Nicolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig was the son of a pastor, and was born at Udby, in Seeland, in 1783. He studied in the University of Copenhagen from 1800-1805; and, like some other eminent men, did not greatly distinguish himself; his mind was too active and his imagination too versatile to bear the restraint of the academic course. After leaving the university he took to teaching; first in Langeland, then (1808) in Copenhagen. Here he devoted his attention to poetry, literature, and Northern antiquities. In 1810 he became assistant to his father in a parish in Jutland. The sermon he preached at his ordination, on the subject "Why has the Lord's word disappeared from His house," attracted much attention, which is rarely the case with "pro… Go to person page >

Author: Gerard Thomas Noel

Gerard Thomas Noel was born in 1782. His studies were pursued at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. He graduated M.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was successively Curate of Radwell, Vicar of Rainham, and Curate of Richmond. In 1834, he was Canon of Winchester, and in 1840, Vicar of Romsey, were he died in 1851. He published some Sketches of Travel, and a Selection of Psalms and Hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Mindful of a constant Friend
Title: Mindful Of A Constant Friend
Danish Title: Mindes vi en fuldtro Ven
Translator (English): P. C. Paulsen
Translator (Danish): N. F. S. Grundtvig
Author: Gerard Thomas Noel
Meter: 7.8.7.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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