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Hymn score of: Is God for me? I fear not - My High Tower (Paul Gerhardt/Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg) - page 1

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My heart in joy upleapeth (Paul Gerhardt/Frances Bevan)

Christ My Song - 1697

Is God for me? I fear not - My High Tower
(Paul Gerhardt/Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

My High Tower.

"He only is my rock and my salvation:
he is my defence, I shall not be moved." (Psalm 62,6)

1. Is God for me? I fear not,
  though all against me rise;
I call on Christ my Saviour,
  the host of evil flies.
My friend the Lord Almighty,
  and he who loves me, God,
what enemy shall harm me,
  though coming as a flood? PDF - Midi

2. I know it, I believe it,
  I say it fearlessly,
that God, the Highest, Mightiest,
  for ever loveth me;
at all times, in all places,
  he standeth at my side,
he rules the battle fury,
  the tempest and the tide.

3. A Rock that stands for ever
  is Christ my Righteousness,
and there I stand unfearing
  in everlasting bliss;
no earthly thing is needful
  to this my life from Heaven,
and nought of love is worthy,
  save that which Christ has given.

4. Christ, all my praise and glory,
  my Light most sweet and fair,
the ship wherein he saileth
  is scatheless everywhere;
in him I dare be joyful,
  a hero in the war,
the judgment of the sinner
  affrighteth me no more.

5. There is no condemnation,
  there is no hell for me,
the torment and the fire
  my eyes shall never see;
for me there is no sentence,
  for me has death no stings,
because the Lord who saved me
  shall shield me with his wings.

6. Above my soul's dark waters
  his Spirit hovers still,
he guards me from all sorrow,
  from terror and from ill;
in me he works and blesses
  the life-seed he has sown,
from him I learn the Abba,
  that prayer of faith alone.

7. And if in lonely places,
  a fearful child, I shrink,
he prays the prayers within me
  I cannot ask or think;
in deep unspoken language,
  known only to that Love
who fathoms the heart's mystery
  from the Throne of Light above.

8. His Spirit to my spirit
  sweet words of comfort saith,
how God the weak one strengthens
  who leans on him in faith;
how he hath built a City,
  of love, and light, and song,
where the eye at last beholdeth
  what the heart had loved so long.

9. And there is mine inheritance,
  my kingly palace-home;
the leaf my fall and perish,
  not less the spring will come;
as wind and rain of winter,
  our earthly sighs and tears,
till the golden summer dawneth
  of the endless Year of years.

10. The world may pass and perish,
  thou, God, wilt not remove –
no hatred of all devils
  can part me from thy Love;
no hungering nor thirsting,
  no poverty nor care,
no wrath of mighty princes
  can reach my shelter there.

11. No angel, and no Heaven,
  no throne, nor power, nor might,
no love, no tribulation,
  no danger, fear, nor fight,
no height, no depth, no creature
  that has been or can be,
can drive me from thy bosom,
  can sever me from thee.

12. My heart in joy upleapeth,
  grief cannot linger there –
while singing high in glory
  amidst the sunshine fair;
the source of all my singing
  is high in Heaven above;
the Sun that shines upon me
  is Jesus and his Love.

Frances Bevan, Hymns of Ter Steegen and others 2, 1899, 96-100.
Translation of Paul Gerhardt's German hymn Ist Gott für mich, so trete.

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