Christ My Song - 1566
My God with me in every place! - God with me
(Christian Heinrich Zeller/Sarah Laurie Borthwick Findlater/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
God with me.
1. My God with me in every place!
firmly does the promise stand,
on land or sea, with present grace
still to aid us near at hand.
If you ask, "Who is with thee?"
God is here – my God with me!
2. No depth, nor prison, nor the grave,
can exclude him from his own;
his cheering presence still I have,
if in crowds or all alone.
In whatever state I be,
everywhere is God with me I
3. My God for me! I dare to say –
God the portion of my soul!
Nor need I tremble in dismay
when around me troubles roll.
If you ask, "What comforts thee?"
It is this – God is for me!
4. Ah! faith has seen him cradled lie,
here on earth a weeping child;
has seen him for my vileness die –
he, the sinless, undefiled!
And thus I know it true to be,
God, my Saviour, is for me!
5. In life, in death, with God so near,
every battle I shall win,
shall boldly press through dangers here,
triumph over every sin!
"What!" you say, "a victor be?"
No, not I, but God in me!
Sarah Laurie Borthwick Findlater, Hymns from the Land of Luther, 1862, 42-44
(there 4,5 reads: And thus I know it true to be).
Translated from the German Gott bei mir an jedem Orte! - Gott mit mir
of Christian Heinrich Zeller.