Scripture Verse

Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29

Introduction

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Catherine Winkworth
(1827–1878)

Words: Jus­tus H. Böh­mer, in Johann A. Frey­ling­hau­sen’s Geist­reich­es Ge­san­gbuch, 1704, num­ber 646 (Brich durch, mein an­ge­focht­nes Herz). The orig­in­al Ger­man text had 14 stan­zas. Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, Ly­ra Ger­man­i­ca, se­cond series, 1858, pag­es 143–44.

Music: Gre­gor’s 54th Metre, Bo­he­mi­an Breth­ren, be­fore 1566 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Justus H. Böhmer
(1674–1749)

Lyrics

Courage, my sorely tempted heart!
Break through thy woes, forget their smart;
Come forth, and on thy Bridegroom gaze,
The Lamb of God, the Fount of grace;
Here is Thy place!

His arms are open, thither flee!
There rest and peace are waiting thee,
The deathless crown of righteousness,
The entrance to eternal bliss;
He gives thee this!

Then combat well, of naught afraid,
For this His follower thou art made:
Each battle teaches thee to fight,
Each foe to be a braver knight,
Armed with His might.

If storms of fierce temptation rise,
Unmoved we’ll face the frowning skies;
If but the heart is true indeed,
Christ will be with us in our need,
His own could bleed.

I flee away to Thy dear cross,
For hope is there for every loss,
Healing for every wound and woe,
There all the strength of love I know
And feel its glow.

Before the Holy One I fall,
The eternal Sacrifice for all;
His death has freed us from our load,
Peace on the anguished soul bestowed,
Brought us to God.

Thy word hath still its glorious powers,
The noblest chivalry is ours;
O Thou, for whom to die is gain,
I bring Thee here all; oh, deign to
Accept and reign.

How then should I go mourning on?
I look to Thee—my fears are gone,
With Thee is rest that cannot cease,
For Thou has wrought us full release,
And made our peace.