1 Shall I forsake that heav'nly Friend,
On whom my noblest hopes depend?
Forbid it, that my wand'ring heart
From thee, my Saviour, should depart!
2 First let the wheels of life stand still,
Ere I forget thy gracious will;
Ere I submit to guilty shame,
And bring dishonour on thy name.
3 Faithful to thee, and to thy laws,
With zeal I would maintain thy cause,
The cause of truth and righteousness,
'Midst trial, suff'ring, and distress.
4 If e'er I'm call'd t'encounter death
For thee, may I resign my breath;
And rap at last the bright reward,
Which waits the servants of the Lord.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #300