Christ My Song - 2038
In thee our God will we rejoice - Dearth
(John S. B. Monsell/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
"Although the fig-tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines:
the labour of the olive shall fail,
and the fields shall yield no meat;
the flock shall be cut off from the fold,
and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation." (Habakkuk 3, 17-18)
2. Though bud and blossom fruitless fall,
though flock and herd from fold and stall
untimely perish, yet in thee
our still unclouded joy shall be.
3. Thy chast'ning hand do not remove
till it hath done its work of love;
shall we deem good things only due,
and not take evil from thee too?
4. Our barren hearts alone contain
true source of loss, and grief, and pain;
help us from our poor selves to flee,
and find another self in thee.
5. In thee, our God! from thy pure skies
all our fresh springs of gladness rise,
true to their level night and morn,
to thee in praise they shall return.
6. Thee whom to know is life and light,
thee, whom to trust is power and might,
thee, whom to serve is to be free,
our joy shall ever be in thee.
John S. B. Monsell, Hymns of Love and Praise, 1877, 146-147.