Scripture Verse

If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Fa­ther honor. John 12:26


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Words: Jo­si­ah Con­der, Star in the East (Lon­don: 1824).

Music: Al­sace ar­ranged from Se­cond Sym­pho­ny, by Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven, 1802 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Josiah Conder (1789–1855)


How shall I follow Him I serve?
How shall I copy Him I love?
Not from the blessèd footsteps swerve,
Which lead me to His seat above?

Privations, sorrows, bitter scorn,
The life of toil, the mean abode,
The faithless kiss, the crown of thorn,
Are these the consecrated road?

’Twas thus He suffered, though a Son,
Foreknowing, choosing, feeling all,
Until the perfect work was done,
And drunk the bitter cup of gall.

Lord, should my path through suffering lie
Forbid it I should e’er repine;
Still let me turn to Cal­va­ry,
Nor heed my griefs, remembering Thine.

O let me think how Thou didst leave
Untasted every pure delight,
To fast, to faint, to watch, to grieve,
The toilsome day, the homeless night.

To faint, to grieve, to die for me!
Thou camest, not Thy­self to please;
And, dear as earthly comforts be,
Shall I not love Thee more than these?

Yes, I would count them all but loss,
To gain the notice of Thine eye:
Flesh shrinks and trembles at the cross,
But Thou canst give the vic­to­ry.