1. Sing, my soul, to God who made thee,
Raise to Heav’n thy grateful voice;
All His creatures, singing, bid thee
In His goodness now rejoice.
Pure and holy love unbounded
Fills His tender heart and kind;
All who truly serve Him find
Rest, by God’s strong arm surrounded.
Heaven and earth may not endure,
But God’s love is ever sure.
2. E’en the Son He loved so dearly,
Died that we through Him might live,
Was e’er love like His, who merely
Lived His life in love to give?
Holy Spirit, teach and guide me,
Fill my heart with loving faith;
Faith can break the power of death,
Naught I fear with Thee beside me. [Refrain]
3. When I sleep His care surrounds me,
With new strength and youth imbues;
His unbounded grace confounds me,
Each new morn His love renews.
In sore trial and temptation
He, my Savior, still is near,
Bids me, Child do thou not fear,
Thou shalt yet see My salvation. [Refrain]
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 >