Thy Everlasting Truth

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1 Thy everlasting truth,
Father, thy ceaseless love,
sees all thy children's wants, and knows
what best for each will prove.

2 Thou ev'rywhere hast sway,
and all things serve thy might;
thy ev'ry act pure blessing is,
thy path unsullied light.

3 Thou seest our weakness, Lord;
our hearts are known to thee;
O lift thou up the sinking hand,
confirm the feeble knee.

4 Let us in life, in death,
thy steadfast will declare,
and publish with our latest breath
thy love and guardian care.


Source: Rejoice in the Lord #150

Translator: John Wesley

John Wesley, the son of Samuel, and brother of Charles Wesley, was born at Epworth, June 17, 1703. He was educated at the Charterhouse, London, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated M.A. in 1726. At Oxford, he was one of the small band consisting of George Whitefield, Hames Hervey, Charles Wesley, and a few others, who were even then known for their piety; they were deridingly called "Methodists." After his ordination he went, in 1735, on a mission to Georgia. The mission was not successful, and he returned to England in 1738. From that time, his life was one of great labour, preaching the Gospel, and publishing his commentaries and other theological works. He died in London, in 17… Go to person page >

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Paul Gerhardt (b. GraEenhainichen, Saxony, Germany, 1607; d. Lubben, Germany, 1676), famous author of Lutheran evangelical hymns, studied theology and hymnody at the University of Wittenberg and then was a tutor in Berlin, where he became friends with Johann Crüger. He served the Lutheran parish of Mittenwalde near Berlin (1651-1657) and the great St. Nicholas' Church in Berlin (1657-1666). Friederich William, the Calvinist elector, had issued an edict that forbade the various Protestant groups to fight each other. Although Gerhardt did not want strife between the churches, he refused to comply with the edict because he thought it opposed the Lutheran "Formula of Concord," which con­demned some Calvinist doctrines. Consequently, he was re… Go to person page >

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First Line: Thy everlasting truth
Title: Thy Everlasting Truth
Author: Paul Gerhardt (1863)
Translator: John Wesley (1737)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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