Scripture Verse

Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. John 15:14


Paul Gerhardt

Words: Paul Ger­hardt, 1656 (Ist Gott für mich, so trete). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, 1855.

Music: Green­wood (Sweet­ser) Jo­seph E. Sweet­ser, A Col­lec­tion of Church Mu­sic (New York: John Wi­ley, 1849), num­ber 161 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Catherine Winkworth


Since Jesus is my friend,
And I to Him belong,
It matters not what foes intend,
However fierce and strong.

He whispers in my breast
Sweet words of holy cheer;
How they who seek in God their rest
Shall ever find Him near.

My heart for gladness springs;
It cannot more be sad;
For very joy it laughs and sings,
Sees naught but sunshine glad.

The Sun that lights mine eyes
Is Christ, the Lord I love;
I sing for joy of that which lies
Stored up for me above.