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I give thee back thine own again - Resignation
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Resignation.

1. I give thee back thine own again,
  with heart resigned, tho' aching;
what comes from thee I know is gain,
  the giving and the taking.
What best I love, what most I prize,
I lay a willing sacrifice,
  my God, upon thine altar;
it came from thee, and still is thine,
thy gift I cheerfully resign,
  nor doth my faith e'er falter.

2. With my free will I give it thee;
I say not "It is taken;"
it doth no discontent in me,
  nor one hard thought, awaken;
a grudging and repining heart
would only aggravate the smart,
  and draw down thy displeasure;
for what I give thee, give thou me
a larger share, my God, in thee,
  and in thy heavenly treasure.

3. Thou tookest it; I know thou hast
  safe lodged with thee my treasure;
and therefore, though my tears flow fast,
  I give it thee with pleasure.
'T is better there than here to be;
and should I one day come to thee,
  it will not then repent me,
that unto thee I gave the best
and dearest treasure I possessed:
  ah, no! it will content me.

4. I only ask for faith, while still
  on this poor earth I linger,
to take alike the good and ill,
  and see in all thy finger;
to bless thy name for all thou dost,
and put in thee my steadfast trust,
  whatever may befall me;
to cast on thee my daily care,
and every trial meekly bear,
  to which thy will may call me.

5. O let me, thou eternal God,
  with this strong faith embrace thee,
nor wish for any other good,
  as long as I possess thee.
Through all the changes of my life,
in weal and woe, in peace and strife,
  in wealth and tribulation,
thou shalt be all in all to me,
till I awake, made like to thee,
  in heavenly transformation.

Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica II, 1864, 49-50.
Translated from the German Nimm hin, was dein ist, Gott, nimm's hin - Hingabe
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.

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