1 Soul of mine, to God awaking,
And ye senses, ev'ry one,
Come, your quiet haunts forsaking,
Tell what God for me has done;
He through this entire day
Has been with me on my way,
To my many wants attending
And all dangers from me fending.
2 Praise and thanks to Thee I render,
Father Thou of mercies great.
Thou hast been my strong Defender,
Never shall Thy love abate.
Thou hast shielded me from woe,
Lent me strength and foiled the foe,
So that I, Thy help beholding,
Rest secure in Thine enfolding.
3 If from Thee I have departed,
I return again to Thee,
Knowing Thou art tender-hearted,
Since Thy Son atoned for me.
I cannot deny my guilt,
But for me His blood was spilt,
And Thy grace, all sin exceeding,
Grants forgiveness at His pleading.
4 Grant that I in peace may slumber,
Finding sweet and quiet rest.
Let no cares my soul encumber,
Keep it by Thy presence blest.
Mind and body, child and wife,
All my goods and all my life,
Friends and foes, alike befriended,
Be this night to Thee commended.
5 O immortal God, endue me
With the gifts for which I ask.
Jesus, lest some ill pursue me,
Prosper me in ev'ry task.
Holy Spirit, Comfort, Friend,
On whose counsel I depend,
Hearken to my earnest pleading;
Amen, Thou my prayer art heeding.
Rist, Johann, son of Kaspar Rist, pastor at Ottensen, near Hamburg, was born at Ottensen, March 8, 1607, and from his birth was dedicated to the ministry. After passing through the Johanneum at Hamburg and the Gymnasium Illustre at Bremen, he matriculated, in his 21st year, at the University of Rinteln, and there, under Josua Stegmann (q. v.), he received an impulse to hymn-writing. On leaving Rinteln he acted as tutor to the sons of a Hamburg merchant, accompanying them to the University of Rostock, where he himself studied Hebrew, Mathematics and also Medicine.
During his residence at Rostock the terrors, of the Thirty Years War almost emptied the University, and Rist himself also lay there for weeks ill of the pestilence. After his r… Go to person page >
JESU JOY is a form of the tune WERDE MUNTER, MEIN GEMUETE by Johann Schop (b. Hamburg [?], Germany, c. 1595; d. Hamburg, 1667). In 1614 Schop was appointed court musician in the Hofkapelle at Wolfenbüttel. A virtuoso violinist, he also played the lute, cornetto, and trombone. He became a musician f…