1 Since Jesus is my Friend,
And I to him belong,
It matters not what foes intend,
However fierce and strong.
2 I rest upon the ground
Of Jesus and his Blood,
For 'tis through Him that I have found
The true eternal Good.
3 His Spirit in me dwells,
O'er all my mind he reigns,
All care and sadness he dispels,
And soothes away all pains.
4 He whispers in my breast
Sweet words of holy cheer,
How he who seeks in God his rest
Shall ever find him near.
5 How God hath built above
A city fair and new,
Where eye and heart shall see and prove
What faith has counted true.
6 My heart for gladness springs,
It cannot more be sad;
For very joy it laughs and sings,
Sees naught but sunshine glad.
7 The sun that lights mine eyes
Is Christ the Lord I love;
I sing for joy of that which lies
Stored up for me above.
Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #477
|First Line:||Since Jesus is my Friend|
|Author:||Paul Gerhardt (1656)|
|Translator:||Catherine Winkworth (1855 (arr., and vs. 1,2, alt.))|