God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me.@Job 23:16
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Julius K. R. Sturm (1816-1896)

Julius K. R. Sturm (1816-1896). Translator unknown, before 1868.

Composer unknown (shown in some hymnals as Quisquam—Latin for anyone), before 1886 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Pain’s furnace heat within me quivers,
God’s breath upon the flame doth blow,
And all my heart in anguish shivers,
And trembles at the fiery glow.

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And yet I whisper, As God wills,
And in His hottest fire hold still;
And yet I whisper, As God wills,
And in His hottest fire hold still.

He comes and lays my heart all heated,
On His hard anvil, minded so;
Yet in His own fair form to beat it
With His great hammer, blow by blow.

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He takes my softened heart and beats it;
The sparks fly off at every blow;
He turns it o’er and o’er and beats it,
And lets it cool, and makes it glow.

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He kindles for my profit, purely,
Affliction’s glowing, fiery brand;
For all His heaviest blows are surely
Inflicted by a master hand.

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I will not murmur at the sorrow
That only longer lived would be;
The end may come, and that tomorrow,
When God hath wrought His will in me.

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