Scripture Verse

In Him we live, and move, and have our being. Acts 17:28

Introduction

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John P. Hullah (1812–1884)

Words: Karl J. P. Spit­ta, Psal­ter und Har­fe (Pir­na, Ger­ma­ny: 1833) (O Je­su, meine Son­ne). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mas­sie, Lyra Do­mes­ti­ca (Lon­don: Long­man, Green, Long­man & Ro­berts, 1860), page 66. Mas­sie’s orig­in­al title was O Bless­ed Sun, Whose Splen­dour. The text be­low is from vers­es 4–6.

Music: Bent­ley John P. Hul­lah, 1867 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Mas­sie (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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Karl J. P. Spitta (1801–1859)

Lyrics

I know no life di­vid­ed,
O Lord of life, from Thee;
In Thee is life pro­vid­ed
For all man­kind and me:
I know no death, O Je­sus,
Because I live in Thee;
Thy death it is which frees us
From death eter­nal­ly.

I fear no tri­bu­la­tion,
Since, what­so­e’er it be,
It makes no se­pa­ra­tion
Between my Lord and me.
If Thou, my God and teacher,
Vouchsafe to be my own,
Though poor, I shall be rich­er
Than mon­arch on his throne.

If, while on earth I wan­der,
My heart is light and blest,
Ah, what shall I be yon­der,
In per­fect peace and rest?
O bless­èd thought! in dy­ing
We go to meet the Lord,
Where there shall be no sigh­ing,
A king­dom our re­ward.