Scripture Verse

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5

Introduction

portrait
Catherine Winkworth
(1827–1878)

Words: Ben­ja­min Schmolck, Heil­ige Flam­men, 1709 (Lieb­ster Je­su, wir sind hier, dein­em Worte nach­zu­leben). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, Ly­ra Ger­man­i­ca, se­cond seri­es, 1858, page 86.

Music: Lieb­ster Jesu Jo­hann R. Ah­le, 1664 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ahle (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Benjamin Schmolck
(1672–1737)

Lyrics

Blessèd Jesus! here we stand,
Met to do as Thou hast spoken;
And this child, at Thy command,
Now we bring to Thee, in token
That to Christ it here is given;
For of such shall be his heaven.

Yes! Thy warning voice is plain,
And we fain would keep it duly:
He who is not born again,
Heart and life renewing truly,
Born of water and the Spirit,
Will God’s kingdom ne’er inherit.

Make it, Head, Thy member now;
Shepherd, take Thy lamb and feed it;
Prince of Peace, its peace be Thou;
Way of Life, to Heaven, O lead it:
Vine, this branch may nothing sever,
Grafted firm in Thee for ever.

Now upon Thy heart it lies,
What our hearts so dearly treasure;
Heavenward lead our burdened sighs,
Pour Thy blessing without measure;
Write the name we now have given,
Write it in the book of Heaven.