"Oh, Blest the House, Whate'er Befall"
by Christoph C. L. von Pfeil, 1712-1784
Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.447
1. Oh, blest the house, whate'er befall,
Where Jesus Christ is all in all!
Yea, if He were not dwelling there,
How dark and poor and void it were!
2. Oh, blest that house where faith ye find
And all within have set their mind
To trust their God and serve Him still
And do in all His holy will!
3. Oh, blest the parents who give heed
Unto their children's foremost need
And weary not of care or cost!
May none to them and heaven be lost!
4. Blest such a house, it prospers well,
In peace and joy the parents dwell,
And in their children's lot is shown
How richly God can bless His own.
5. Then here will I and mine today
A solemn covenant make and say:
Though all the world forsake Thy Word,
I and my house will serve the Lord!
Hymn #625 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Luke 2: 41-52
Author: Christoph C. L. von Pfeil, 1782, cento
Translated by: st. 1, 2, 4, 5, Catherine Winkworth, 1863
st. 3, translator unknown
Titled: "Wohl einem Haus, da Jesus Christ"
Tune: "Wo Gott zum Haus"
1st Published in: _Geistliche Lieder_
Town: Wittenberg, 1535