1 Stranger, who from out the bosom
Of the Father camest here,
And our human nature wearing
Didst in servants’ form appear;
Who beneath the homely raiment
Of the pilgrim Thou didst wear,
Didst the fullness of the Godhead
And the star of glory bear!
2 Mighty Stranger, give the spirit
Of a stranger here to me,
That I with Thy peace o’erflowing
May a pilgrim gladly be.
Let me not the world seek after,
That the best doth aye repel;
As a paradise within me,
Oh, may Thy salvation dwell!
3 Stranger, from the ranks of angels,
Who didst on the earth appear,
That I be a free man yonder,
May I be a pilgrim here!
Here with Thee in God now hidden,
Nothing worth in human sight;
There, upon the great tomorrow,
Openly a child of light!
Gerok, Karl von, D.D , was born January 30, 1815, at Stuttgart, and studied theology at the University of Tubingen. He was, from 1836 to 1840, assistant at his father's church in Stuttgart; 1840-43, lecturer (repetent) at Tübingen, and after 1844 diaconus at Böblingen, near Stuttgart. In 1849 he returned to preach at Stuttgart, where he now resides (1886), as chief court preacher and oberconsistorialrath (0. Kraus, 1879, p. 165: manuscript from Dr. von Gerok, &c).
Gerok is well known as an eloquent preacher, and has published various volumes of sermons. His fame principally rests on his sacred poetry. The best known of his poetical works is his Palmblätter, 1857, which has attained a wonderful circulation, and reached a 56th edition in… Go to person page >