1 The little while I linger here
Should grief and sorrow fret me?
No; Jesus is my Shepherd dear,
He never will forget me.
He gave His life His flock to save,
His Spirit and His Word He gave.
With these He's ever with us.
2 I hear Him speak, I know His voice,
I go where'er He beckons.
His own He knows, they are His choice,
Their numbers, too, He reckons.
And He will seek the straying sheep,
The feeble in His bosom keep,
And gently raise the fallen.
3 He strengthens me with living bread,
With waters sweet and gracious,
Which flow from life's great Fountain-head,
With peace and joy most precious.
Though rough and thorny is my way,
If from His path I do not stray,
I shall not be forsaken.
4 How vain the worldling's pomp and show,
How brief his joys and pleasures!
The night approaches now, and lo!
We leave all earthly treasures.
Then, what are all things here below
To Jesus' promise, "Where I go,
I will receive you also."
Franzén, Franz Michael, was born at Uleabôrg, Finland, in 1772, and educated at the University of Abo, where he became Librarian and Professor of Literary History. He was subsequently Minister at Kumla, Orebro, Sweden, and then of Santa Clara, in Stockholm. He was consecrated Bishop of Hernosand, in 1841, and died there in 1847. (See Supplement to Longfellow's Poets and Poetry of Europe.) Of his pieces one is in English common use. It begins "Jesum haf i ständigt minne," translated by Mrs. Charles in her Christian Life in Song, 1858, p. 250, as "Jesus in Thy memory keep" (Looking unto Jesus). Usually it begins with stanza ii., "Look to Jesus, till, reviving."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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Display Title: The Little While I Linger HereFirst Line: The little while I linger hereTune Title: O JESU CHRIST, DU HÖCHSTES GUTAuthor: Frans Michael Franzen, 1772-1847Meter: 8 7, 8 7, 8 8 7.Date: 1901Subject: Sanctification |
Display Title: The Little While I Linger HereFirst Line: The little while I linger hereTune Title: WO GOTT DER HERR NICHT BEI UNS HÄLTAuthor: Franz Mikael Franzen; Rev. Peter Magnus LindbergMeter: 8 7, 8 7, 8 8 7.Scripture: John 10:1-6Date: 1926Subject: Way of Salvation | Sanctification; Second Sunday after Easter | ; Trinty, Fourth Sunday | ; Trinity, Fifteenth Sunday | ; Names and Office of Christ | Shepherd; Faith and Trust |