Scripture Verse

The Lord preserveth the faithful. Psalm 31:23


Andreas Gryphius (1616–1664)

Words: An­dre­as Gry­phi­us, 1664. Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Her­mann H. M. Brueck­ner, 1924.

Music: Va­let will ich dir ge­ben Mel­chi­or Tesch­ner, 1613 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Preserve in full­est mea­sure
Thy truth to us, O Lord;
Shield well Thy king­dom’s trea­sure,
Its wealth to us af­ford.
Keep Thou our faith from wan­ing,
And hope’s fair ban­ners bright.
That we, sweet com­fort gain­ing,
Be saved from er­ror’s night.

Preserve Thy won­drous glo­ry
And turn against the foe;
Send forth the Gos­pel sto­ry
And let its know­ledge grow.
To ev­ery err­ing na­tion
Thy sav­ing grace re­veal,
That men in ev­ery sta­tion
May heed its strong ap­peal.

Preserve what Thou hast found­ed
Upon a rock se­cure;
Thou Tower of strength un­bound­ed,
Lend us pro­tect­ion sure.
The Church Thy help en­gag­eth
When foes around her throng;
So when the bat­tle rag­eth,
Be Thee her fort­ress strong.

Preserve to us for­ev­er
Thy sav­ing Word, O Lord,
And may it fail us ne­ver,
But light and truth af­ford.
O may its liv­ing wa­ters
Refresh both heart and soul
Of all Thy sons and daugh­ters
Till they have reached the goal.

Preserve, when storms are rag­ing,
Thy lit­tle flock from woe;
Do Thou, our fears as­suag­ing,
Thy help on us be­stow.
Direct Thy ship, O Mas­ter,
Thro’ waves and tem­pests sore,
That we with­out dis­as­ter
May reach yon peace­ful shore.