When the last agony draws nigh

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1 When the last agony draws nigh,
My spirit sinks in bitter fear:
Courage! I conquer though I die,
For Christ with Death once wrestled here.
Thy strife, O Christ, with death's dark power
Upholds me in this fearful hour.

2 In faith I hide myself in Thee;
I shall not perish in the strife;
I share Thy war, Thy victory,
And death is swallowed up in Life.
Thy strife, O Christ, with death of yore
Hath conquered, and I fear no more.

Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #548

Author: Joh. Andreas Gramlich

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Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the last agony draws nigh
German Title: Kommt an der Tod, da ich muss ringen
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1855)
Author: Joh. Andreas Gramlich
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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