Scripture Verse

Thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace. 2 Kings 22:20

Introduction

Words: John A. Co­me­ni­us, 1661; pos­si­bly pub­lished in Kirch­en-, Haus- und Hertz­ens-Mu­si­ca (Am­ster­dam: 1661). Trans­lat­ed to Eng­lish by John N. Lib­bey, 1903.

Music: Zeige Mir Dein An­ge­sicht Chris­tian Greg­or, Cho­ral­buch 1784 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know the orig­in­al first line of this hymn, or where to get a good pic­ture of Lib­bey or Gre­gor (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
John A. Comenius
(1592–1670)

Lyrics

When my lips can frame no sound,
Savior, be my faith’s sure ground;
When my ears no longer hear,
May my spirit know Thee near;
When my eyes no longer see,
May my soul still rest in Thee!

Lord, I trust my soul to Thee,
Let Thy grace abide with me;
By the suffering Thou hast known,
Purge my sin before the throne.
Let my conscience deep within
Feel that I am cleansed from sin.

Faithful God, I pray again,
Give my patience in my pain;
For Christ’s sake grant soft release,
Let Thy servant pass in peace.
Then with all Thy saints above,
Let me praise Thy boundless love.