Christ My Song - 1612
Leave all to God - Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
(Anton Ulrich, Herzog zu Braunschweig/Catherine Winkworth/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity.
And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her,
and said unto her, Weep not! (From the Gospel.)
1. Leave all to God,
forsaken one, and stay thy tears;
for the Highest knows thy pain,
sees thy sufferings and thy fears:
thou'lt not wait his help in vain,
leave all to God. Leave all to God!
2. Be still and trust!
for his strokes are strokes of love,
thou must for thy profit bear;
he thy filial fear would move,
trust thy Father's loving care
be still and trust! Be still and trust!
3. Know, God is near!
though thou think him far away,
though his mercy long have slept,
he will come and not delay,
when his child enough hath wept,
for God is near. Yes, God is near!
4. Oh teach him not
when and how to hear thy prayers;
never doth our God forget,
he the cross who longest bears
finds his sorrows' bounds are set,
then teach him not. Oh teach him not.
5. If thou love him,
walking truly in his ways,
then no trouble, cross or death,
e'er shall silence faith and praise;
all things serve thee hear beneath,
if thou love God! If thou love God?
Catherine Winkworth, Lyra Germanica: Hymns for the Sundays ... , 1862, 167-168.
Translated from the German Lass dich Gott! of Anton Ulrich, Herzog zu Braunschweig. Adapted. Repetitions in last lines added. The original of the fourth stanza is missing in the German hymn as found in Lange.