Were the Lord to ask thee now

Were the Lord to ask thee now

Author: Julius Carl Reinhold Sturm
Tune: STURM
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Were the Lord to ask Thee now
If thou lovest Him,
Would thy heart despondent bow
And thine eye grow dim?
Hast thou aye into His pow’r
Life surrender’d quite,
In the dark and trying hour,
And when sun shone bright?

2 To thy Saviour in the world
Hast thou faithful been?
And according to His word
Done thy work each day?
Hast thou to the hungry giv’n
Freely of thy bread?
As a guiding star to heav’n
Hast thou wand’rers led?

3 If, according to His word,
Thou this course pursue,
Then thy love to thy dear Lord
Will be own’d as true.
Heart will not despondent bow,
Eyes will not grow dim,
Should thy Saviour ask thee now
If thou lovest him.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #303

Author: Julius Carl Reinhold Sturm

Sturm, Julius Carl Reinhold, was born July 21, 1816, at Köstritz, in the principality of Reuss (younger line). After being a student of theology at Jena, from 1837 to 1841, he was for two years a private tutor at Heilbronn on the Neckar, and then, for a year, at Friesen, in Saxony. In 1845 he became tutor to Prince Heinrich xiv. of Reuss; and after the Prince's confirmation, in 1848, acted as tutor to him for three years more at the Gymnasium in Meiningen. He was then appointed pastor at Göschitz, near Schleiz, in the end of 1850; and pastor at Köstritz, in 1858, where he still (1889) lives as Kirchenrath and Court preacher (Koch, vii. 284; ms. from the author, &c). Sturm is one of the most important of modern German sacred poets. Among… Go to person page >

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First Line: Were the Lord to ask thee now
Author: Julius Carl Reinhold Sturm

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