"Who Trusts in God, a Strong Abode"
by Joachim Magdeburg, c.1525-c.1583
Translated by Benjamin H. Kennedy, 1804-1889
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.312
1. Who trusts in God a strong abode
In heaven and earth possesses;
Who looks in love to Christ above,
No fear his heart oppresses.
In Thee alone, dear Lord, we own
Sweet hope and consolation,
Our Shield from foes, our Balm for woes,
Our great and sure Salvation.
2. Though Satan's wrath beset our path
And worldly scorn assail us,
While Thou art near, we will not fear;
Thy strength shall never fail us.
Thy rod and staff shall keep us safe
And guide our steps forever;
Nor shades of death nor hell beneath
Our souls from Thee shall sever.
3. In all the strife of mortal life
Our feet shall stand securely;
Temptation's hour shall lose its power,
For Thou shalt guard us surely.
O God, renew with heavenly dew
Our body, soul, and spirit
Until we stand at Thy right hand
Through Jesus' saving merit.
Hymn #437 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Ps. 73:25, 26
Author: St.1, Joachim Magdeburg, 1572
St. 2, 3, author unknown
Translated by: Benjamin H. Kennedy, 1863
Titled: "Wer Gott vertraut, hat wohl gebaut"
Composer: French melody, 1529
Harmony by: Johann S. Bach, 1750
Tune: "Was mein Gott will"