O God, Before I Slumber

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1 O God, before I slumber
This night, now dark and somber,
Incline Thine ear to me;
For all, which Thou hast given,
For Thy sweet gifts from heaven,
I give my humble thanks to Thee.

2 Thy grace and lovingkindness
To me, beset with blindness,
I do not understand;
The more Thy gifts I ponder,
The greater is my wonder,
When I behold Thy bounteous hand.

3 Each day, anew beginning,
I know that I am sinning
Against Thy precious Word;
But Thou my sins forgives,
Thou, who forever livest,
A merciful and faithful Lord.

4 Thou unto me art bending
And hearest when I'm sending
To Thee my longing sigh;
My soul Thy grace adoreth,
Thy Spirit me restoreth,
To worship Thee, my God on high.

5 O Lord, my Comfort tender,
To Thee I do surrender
My body, soul, and all.
I lay me down sleeping,
Relying on Thy keeping,
And on Thy mighty arm I fall.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #55

Author: H. Steffenson

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Translator: 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 >

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First Line: O God, before I slumber
Title: O God, Before I Slumber
Danish Title: Gud, lad mig paa mit Leje
Author: H. Steffenson
Translator: P. C. Paulsen
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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