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Strive when thou art called of God

Strive aright when God doth call thee

Author: Johann Joseph Winckler (1703); Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1855)
Tune: BATTY (123123)
Published in 16 hymnals

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Full Text

1 Strive aright when God doth call thee,
When He draws thee by His grace,
Cast off all that would enthrall thee
And deter thee from the race.

2 Wrestle, till thy zeal is burning,
And thy love is glowing warm,
All that earth can give thee spurning--
Half love will not bide the storm.

3 Combat, though thy life thou givest,
Storm the kingdom, but prevail:
Let not him with whom thou strivest
Ever make thee faint or quail.

4 Perfect truth will never waver,
Wars with evil day and night,
Changes not for fear or favor,
Only cares to win the fight.

5 Perfect truth will love to follow
Watchfully our Master’s ways;
Seeks not comfort poor and hollow,
Looks not for reward or praise.

6 Perfect truth from worldly pleasure,
worldly turmoil, stands apart;
For in heaven is hid our treasure,
There must also be our heart.

7 Soldiers of the cross, take courage!
Watch and war ’mid fear and pain;
Daily conquering sin and sorrow,
Till our King o’er earth shall reign.

Source: Wartburg Hymnal: for church, school and home #340

Author: Johann Joseph Winckler

Winckler, John Joseph, a German Pietist, was born at Luckau, in Saxony, December 23, 1670. He was at first a pastor at Magdeburg, then a chaplain in the Protestant army, accompanying the troops to Holland and Italy, and at length returned to Magdeburg and became chief minister of the cathedral. He was no less eminent for his mental culture than for his piety. He was a preacher and writer who had the courage of his convictions, and this quality is notably manifest in the hymn by him found in this collection. He died August 11, 1722. Shall I, for fear of feeble man 225 Hymn Writers of the Church Nutter… Go to person page >

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Strive aright when God doth call thee
Title: Strive when thou art called of God
German Title: Ringe recht wenn Gottes Gnade
Author: Johann Joseph Winckler (1703)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1855)
Language: English



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