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Speak, O Savior; I Am Listening

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1 Speak, O Savior; I am list'ning,
as a servant to his lord.
Let me show respect and honor
to your holy, precious Word,
that each day, my whole life through,
I may serve and follow you.
Let your Word e'er be my pleasure
and my heart's most precious treasure.

2 Oh, what blessing to be near you
and to listen to your voice;
let me ever love and fear you,
let your Word still be my choice!
Many hardened sinners, Lord,
flee in terror at your Word;
but to all who feel sin's burden
you give peace and words of pardon.

3 Lord, your words are waters living
where I quench my thirsty needs.
Lord, your words are bread life-giving;
on your words my spirit feeds.
Lord, your words will be my light
thro' death's cold and dreary night;
yes, they are my sword prevailing
and my cup of joy unfailing.

4 As I pray, dear Jesus, hear me;
let your words in me take root.
May your Spirit e'er be near me
that I bear abundant fruit.
May I daily sing your praise,
from my heart glad anthems raise,
till my highest praise is given
in the endless joy of heaven.

Source: Christian Worship (2021): Hymnal #631

Author: Anna Sophia von Hessen-Darmstadt

Anna Sophia, daughter of the Landgrave Georg II. of Hesse-Darmstadt, was born at Marburg, Dec. 17, 1638. Carefully educated, especially in Holy Scripture and the Christian Fathers, she was in 1657 elected Pröbstin of the Lutheran Fürsten-Tochter-Stift at Quedlinburg, where she became Abbess 1680, and died Dec, 13, 1683 (Koch, iii. 549-554; Stromberger's preface, &c). Her hymns, contemplations on the union of the soul with Christ, in the spirit of the Canticles, mostly appeared in her devotional work:— Der Treue Seelen-Freund Christus Jesus mit nach denklichen Sinn-Gemählden, anmuthigen Lehr-Gedichten und neuen geistreichen Gesangen, abgedruckt und vorgestellet, Jena, 1658. The only one translation into English is Wohl dent der Jesum… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Speak, O Savior, I am list'ning
Title: Speak, O Savior; I Am Listening
Author: Anna Sophia von Hessen-Darmstadt (abr.)
Source: Translation composite
Publication Date: 1993
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1993.



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…

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Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Christian Worship (1993) #283


Christian Worship (2021) #631

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