Christ My Song - 244
It is not after all so hard - God's commandments are not hard
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
God's commandments are not hard.
1. It is not after all so hard
to be a happy man;
we give ourselves unto the Lord,
and do the best we can.
2. Not slaves but sons, we gladly do
whatever we are told,
and with our love increases too
our joy a thousandfold.
3. We work with silent industry,
unconscious of the toil,
as of itself some goodly tree
bears fruit in fertile soil.
4. Our daily task we enter on
with willing hearts and hands;
the Lord in us has always done
what he from us demands.
5. In all he wills we acquiesce,
assured that it is best;
at every time, in every place,
with him we must be blessed.
6. Thus does the Christian thrive and grow,
though poor, a wealthy man,
and if we can't be happy so,
I know not how we can.
Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica I, 1863, 57-58.
Translated from the German Am Ende ist's doch gar nicht schwer - Gottes Gebote sind nicht schwer
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.