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When the last agony draws nigh

Representative Text

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 is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… 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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Church Book #548

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Church Book #548

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Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #583

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Lyra Germanica #239a


Lyra Germanica #96

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1433

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