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O Lord, I sing with lips and heart

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O Lord! I sing with mouth and heart,
Joy of my soul! to Thee
To earth Thy knowledge I impart,
As it is known to me.

Thou art the Fount of grace, I know,
And Spring aye fall and free,
Whence saving health and goodness flow
Each day so bounteously.

What have we here or what are we,
Of good what can earth give,
That we do not alone from Thee,
Our Father, aye receive?

The tent-like firmament who builds,
Who spreads th’ expanse of blue,
Who sends to fertilize our fields
Refreshing rain and dew?

Who warmeth us in cold and frost,
Who shields us from the wind,
Who orders it that wine and must
We in their season find?

Who is it life and health bestows,
Who keeps us with His hand
In golden peace, wards off war’s woes,
From our dear native land?

The work is Thine, my God! my Lord!
And Thine must ever be;
Before our door Thou keepest guard,
In rest we’re kept by Thee.

Thou feedest us from year to year,
And constant dost abide;
When danger fills our hearts with fear,
With help art at our side.

With patience dost Thou ever chide,
Nor long Thine anger keep,
But castest all our sins aside
Into the ocean deep.

Whene’er our burden’d hearts we raise
To Thee, Thou’rt soon appeas’d;
The help Thou send’st shows forth Thy praise,
And our sad hearts are eas’d.

Thou mark’st how oft Thy people weep
And what their sorrows are,
Their tears dost in Thy bottle keep,
However small they are.

Our deepest needs dost Thou supply,
Thou giv’st what lasts for aye,
Thou lead’st us to our home on high,
When hence we pass away.

Awake! my heart, awake and sing,
And joyous be thy mood,
Thy God who maketh everything
Is, and abides thy good—

Thy treasure and inheritance!
Thy glory and delight!
Thy saving health and sure defence!
He keeps and guides thee right.

Why do thy cares both night and day
Grieve thee so bitterly?
Upon thy God thy burden lay,
Who gave thy life to thee.

Hath He not all the weary way
From youth till now thee led,
Oft chas’d misfortune’s clouds away
That gather’d o’er thy head?

In all His rule no oversight
Can happen, no mistakes;
Whate’er He does or leaves is right,
A happy issue takes.

Let Him work who doth all things well,
Nor with Him interfere,
And so thou shalt in glory dwell,
And peace enjoy while here.

Paul Gerhardt’s Spiritual Songs, 1867

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

Translator: John Kelly

Kelly, John, was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, educated at Glasgow University, studied theology at Bonn, New College, Edinburgh, and the Theological College of the English Presbyterian Church (to which body he belongs) in London. He has ministered to congregations at Hebburn-on-Tyne and Streatham, and was Tract Editor of the Religious Tract Society. His translations of Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs were published in 1867. Every piece is given in full, and rendered in the metre of the originals. His Hymns of the Present Century from the German were published in 1886 by the Religious Tract Society. In these translations the metres of the originals have not always been followed, whilst some of the hymns have been abridged and others condens… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Lord, I sing with lips and heart
German Title: Ich singe dir mit Herz und Mund
Translator: John Kelly (1867)
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Language: English

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American Lutheran Hymnal #495

Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States #d190

Book of Hymns for the joint Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other states #d188

Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book with Tunes #d333

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #292

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #323

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #364

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #364a

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #364b

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d258

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Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs #54

Select Songs for School and Home #d107

Songs of Light, the Bruderhof Songbook #34

Songs of Praise #d224

Songs of Praise for Sunday Schools, Church Societies and the Home #d229

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The Lutheran Hymnal #569

The Selah Song Book (Das Sela Gesangbuch) #d572

The Selah Song Book. Word ed. #d282

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