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'Tis the most blest and needful part

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1 ‘Tis the most blessed and needful part
to have in Christ a share,
and to commit our way and heart
unto his faithful care;
this done, our steps are safe and sure,
our hearts’ desires are rendered pure,
and naught can pluck us from his hand,
which lead us to the end.

2 Naught in this world affords true rest
but Christ’s atoning blood.
This purifies the guilty breast,
and reconciles to God.
Hence flows unfeigned love to him
who came lost sinners to redeem,
and Christ our Savior now appears
daily to us more dear.

3 My lasting joy and comfort here
is Jesus’ death and blood;
I with this passport can appear
before the throne of God.
Admitted to the realms above,
I then shall see the Christ I love,
where countless pardoned sinners meet
adoring at his feet.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #768

Translator: Phillip Henry Molther

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Author: Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf

Zinzendorf, Christian Renatus, Count von, second son of Nicolaus Ludwig Ton Zinzendorf, was born Sept. 19, 1727, at Herrnhut, in Saxony. He received his education from his parents, and from Johann Langguth and others of the Brethren. He was the only son that survived his boyhood, early accompanied his father on his journeys, and was, e.g., in 1743, for sixteen days imprisoned with him at Riga. From 1744 to 1750 he lived mostly at Herrenhaag in Wetteravia, ministering specially to the single Brethren. When the community at Herrenhaag was dissolved in 1750, his father summoned him to London. He brought with him the seeds of consumption, which developed in England. He died in London, May 28, 1752 (Koch, v., 312; Hist. Nachricht (to the Brüde… Go to person page >

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First Line: 'Tis the most blest and needful part
Author: Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf
Translator: Phillip Henry Molther
Copyright: Public Domain



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