Scripture Verse

The Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces. Isaiah 25:8


Meta Heusser-Schweizer (1797–1876)

Words: Me­ta Heuss­er-Schweiz­er, 1837 (Herz, du hast viel ge­wein­et). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Jane L. Borth­wick, Hymns from the Land of Lu­ther, fourth ser­ies, 1862.

Music: Vul­pi­us Mel­chi­or Vul­pi­us, Ein schön geistl­ich Ge­sang­buch (Je­na, Ger­ma­ny: 1609) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Long hast thou wept and sor­rowed,
Poor mourn­er, dry thy tears;
Behold, with light and com­fort,
The Lord Him­self ap­pears.

Trust in My mer­cy ev­er,
My peo­ple!
saith the Lord.
Hold fast, in deep­est sor­row,
That soul sus­tain­ing Word.

Then rest, sad heart, in pa­tience,
With this pe­ti­tion still,
Lord, all these va­cant plac­es
With Thine own full­ness fill!