What gives the power, what gives the might

What gives the power, what gives the might

Author: Ernst Moritz Arndt
Tune: HVAD ÄR DEN KRAFT
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 What gives the power, what gives the might
And courage to the Christian knight?
What is the best fortification?
What sword can conquer every nation,
And never once did break or bend?
It is the Word that God did send.

2 What arrow fleet doth never yield?
Doth break and puncture every shield?
What two-edges sword through heart and feeling
Doth pierce and soon the wound is healing;
And makes the enemy a friend?
It is the Word that God did send.

3 What, like a whirlwind in its might,
With power of thunder to affright,
Speaks to the sinner's heart and feeling,
And causes to come o'er him stealing
Thoughts of the awful judgment hour?
It is God's holy Word of power.

4 What, whispering like the zephyrs low,
Doth peace and happiness bestow,
Doth wipe the tears and stop the sighing,
And bringeth comfort to the dying;
And light'neth sorrow's heavy load?
It is the Word, the Word of God.

Amen.

Source: Hymnal and Order of Service: for churches and Sunday-schools #214

Author: Ernst Moritz Arndt

Arndt, Ernst Moritz, son of Ludwig Nicolaus Arndt, estate manager for Count Putbus, in the island of Rugen, was b. at Schoritz in Rugen, Dec. 26, 1769. After studying at the Universities of Greifswald and Jena, where he completed his theological course under Paulus, he preached for two years as a candidate, but in 1798 abandoned theology. After a pedestrian tour through South Germany, Hungary, Northern Italy, France, and Belgium, he became, at Easter 1800, lecturer at the University of Greifswald, and in 1805 professor of history there. But in 1806, lamenting over the tyranny of France, he wrote his fiery Gent der Zeit (pt. ii. 1809, iii. 1813, iv. 1818) which awakened the patriotism of his countrymen, but drew on him the hatred of Napoleon… Go to person page >

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