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Thy Word, O God, Like Dew, Restoreth

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1 Thy Word, O God, like dew, restoreth
My fainting soul to strength and peace,
And, as a balm, from heaven poureth
And gives my heart from pain surcease;
Oh, make this field of Jesus bear
The fruit of faith through Thy sweet care.

2 Thy Word, O God, like sword and arrow
Cuts through the sinful world's disguise
And piercing even bone and marrow,
Lays bare the heart before Thine eyes;
Let men before its power fall
And unto Thee for mercy call.

3 Thy Word is like the star of glory
That led the wise men on their way;
It tells the world the wondrous story
Of Him who is our Hope and Stay;
Let all behold this glorious star
And reach their home from lands afar.


Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #146

Translator (Danish): E. Boye

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Author: Carl Bernhard Garve

Garve, Carl Bernhard, was born Jan. 24, 1763, at Jeinsen, near Hannover, where his father was a farmer. He was educated at the Moravian schools in Zeist, and Neuwied, at their Pädagogium at Niesky, and their Seminary at Barby. In 1784 he was appointed one of the tutors at Niesky, and in 1789 at Barby; but as his philosophical lectures were thought rather unsettling in their tendency, he was sent, in 1797, to arrange the documents of the archive at Zeist. After his ordination as diaconus of the Moravian church, he was appointed, in 1799, preacher at Amsterdam; in 1801 at Ebersdorf (where he was also inspector of the training school); in 1809 at Berlin; and in 1816 at Neusalza on the Oder. Feeling the burden of years and infirmities he resig… Go to person page >

Translator (English): P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thy word, O God, like dew, restoreth
Title: Thy Word, O God, Like Dew, Restoreth
Danish Title: Dit Ord, o Gud, som Duggen kvaeger
Translator (Danish): E. Boye
Author: Carl Bernhard Garve
Translator (English): P. C. Paulsen
Meter: 9.8.9.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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