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What God does, ever well is done

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1 What God does, ever well is done!
His will is just and holy;
As He directs my sands to run,
My spirit shall keep lowly.
He is my God; Though sore the rod,
His care doth e'er enfold me:
Then may He guide and hold me.

2 What God does, ever well is done!
In need He will not quit me.
In rightful path He still leads me on;
To Him then I submit me.
I'll walk His ways, And trust His grace
To lift what doth oppress me:
It rests with Him to bless me.

3 What God does, ever well is done!
He thinks but to befriend me;
As Healer mine, and Wondrous One,
He will not poison send me
Instead of cure.
God's heart is pure.
Of doubt will I divest me,
And on His goodness rest me.

4 What God does, ever well is done!
And though the cup selected,
Seem to my mind too bitter drawn,
Yet will I not reject it.
God loveth me!
I yet shall see
Sweet comfort for my grieving;
So I keep on believing.

5 What God does, ever well is done!
Of this shall none deprive me;
And though on pathway rough and lone,
Need, death, and mis'ry drive me,
God's arms will bear Me with fond care,
Till all my sorrow ceaseth;
Then do He, as He pleaseth.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #408

Translator: Emanuel Cronenwett

Cronenwett, Emmanuel, a Lutheran Pastor at Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., contributed to the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, Published by Order of the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and other States, 1880, in addition to 20 translations from the German, the following original hymns, some of which rank with the best in the collection:— 1. A holy state is wedded life. Domestic Worship. 2. Faith is wisdom from on high. Faith. 3. Heavenly Father, Jesus taught us. Prayer. 4. Lord, Thine omniscience I adore. Omniscience. 5. O Triune God, Thy blessing great. Domestic Worship. 6. Of omniscient grace I sing. Omniscience. 7. Of Zion's honour angels sing. Ordination. 8. The precepts of the word are pure.… Go to person page >

Author: S. Rodigast

Samuel Rodigast, son of Johann Rodigast, pastor at Groben near Jena, was born at Groben Oct. 19, 1649. He entered the University of Jena in 1668 (M.A. 1671), and was in 1676 appointed adjunct of the philosophical faculty. In 1680 he became conrector of the Greyfriars Gymnasium at Berlin. While in this position he refused the offers of a professorship at Jena and the Rectorships of the Schools at Stade and Stralsund. Finally, in 1698, he became rector of the Greyfriars Gymnasium, and held this post till his death. His tombstone in the Koster-Kirche in Berlin says he died "die xxix. Mart. a. MDCCVII . . . aetatis anno lix." ...Two hymns have been ascribed to him, on of which has passed into English, viz.:--"Whatever God ordains is right.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What God does, ever well is done
German Title: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
Translator: Emanuel Cronenwett
Author: S. Rodigast
Language: English
Publication Date: 1880
Copyright: Public Domain



WAS GOTT TUT is usually attributed to Severus Gastorius (b. Ottern, near Weimar, Germany, 1646; d. Jena, Germany, 1682), who presumably composed the tune during a convalescence in 1675 (see above). The tune was published in Ausserlesenes Weimarisches Gesangbuch (1681). Educated at the University of…

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal. 9th ed. #a408

Hymnal for Church, School and Home #d167

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