’Tis patience must support you

'Tis patience must support you

Author: Paul Gerhardt; Translator: J. Kelly (1867)
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’Tis patience must support you
When sorrow, grief, or smart,
Or whate’er else may hurt you,
Doth rend your aching heart.
Belov’d and chosen seed!
If not a death will kill you,
Yet once again I tell you,
’Tis patience that you need.

The cup of patience drinketh
With nausea flesh and blood,
Back from the cross it shrinketh;
When threaten’d with the rod,
It shuddereth with fear.
’Tis bold when nought assaileth,
Heart shrinks, and courage faileth,
When storms and rain are here.

Why patience causeth sadness,
Is that the carnal mind
Unclouded joy and gladness
In God aye hop’d to find,
Though He hath made it clear,
He chastens whom He loveth,
And whom He much approveth,
He much afflicteth here.

God giveth patience ever,
The Spirit in the breast
Begetteth it whenever
Within us He doth rest;
The worthy, noble Guest
Preserves us from despairing,
And nerves for burden-bearing
The heart when sore distress’d.

From faith all patience springeth,
On God’s own word depends,
To this she firmly clingeth,
Herself with this defends.
’Tis her high tow’r and wall,
Where she securely hideth,
Where God for her provideth,
Here fears she ne’er a fall.

And patience trust reposeth
On Jesu’s death and pain;
When Satan her opposeth,
Here takes she heart again,
And saith, “Thou Prince of hell!
Thou never shalt devour me,
Too high I’m lifted o’er thee,
In Jesus do I dwell.”

Contented patience stayeth
On God’s decree all-wise;
Although His grace delayeth,
Scarce feels fatigue arise;
With trust she bears her load,
And joyfully endureth,
This thought her heart assureth,
It is the hand of God.

Long, long, can patience waiting
The weary time beguile,
On God’s word meditating
Get saving good the while.
With earnest fervent pray’r,
Each morn and eve she guardeth
Herself from ill, and wardeth
Off Satan’s every snare.

To God’s will patience boweth,
Doth His command fulfil,
’Mid scorn of foes she knoweth
’Tis wisest to be still.
Who will, let him despise,
Unhurt by the dishonour
And shame thus put upon her,
Her heart doth o’er it rise.

To honour patience serveth
Her God, and never more
From love and fealty swerveth;
Although He smiteth sore,
Yet doth she ever praise
His holy hand, and telleth
That God on high who dwelleth,
Doth well in all his ways.

And patience life sustaineth,
Adds to our tale of years;
She drives away what paineth
The heart, and stills its fears.
It is a beauteous light
That giveth him who heedeth,
And whom God’s guidance leadeth,
A face with joy all bright.

Great joy from patience springeth,
The head a noble crown,
Gems for the neck she bringeth
From throne of Heaven down.
She wipes from weeping eyes
The tears of grief and anguish;
Whose souls with longing languish,
With ample good supplies.

My soul for patience sigheth,
My heart longs eagerly,
How urgently it crieth
And oft is known to Thee,
Of grace who hast full store!
Lord, hear my supplication,
Give patient resignation;
I ask for nothing more.

For patience the petition
Shall often up to Thee,
From out my low condition,
Ascend, O Lord, from me.
And in my dying hour,
Thy mercy still extending,
Oh! grant a patient ending,
Then need I nothing more.

Paul Gerhardt’s Spiritual Songs, 1867

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 >

Translator: J. Kelly

Kelly, John, was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, educated at Glasgow University, studied theology at Bonn, New College, Edinburgh, and the Theological College of the English Presbyterian Church (to which body he belongs) in London. He has ministered to congregations at Hebburn-on-Tyne and Streatham, and was Tract Editor of the Religious Tract Society. His translations of Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs were published in 1867. Every piece is given in full, and rendered in the metre of the originals. His Hymns of the Present Century from the German were published in 1886 by the Religious Tract Society. In these translations the metres of the originals have not always been followed, whilst some of the hymns have been abridged and others condens… Go to person page >

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First Line: 'Tis patience must support you
Title: ’Tis patience must support you
German Title: Geduld ist euch vonnoeten
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: J. Kelly (1867)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.6.7.7.6
Language: English
Publication Date: 1867
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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