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Language: German (Deutsch)

Herr, zu Dir will ich mich retten,
Wenn die Welt mich kränkt und schlägt,
Will in Deinen Schooß mich betten,
Wund und müd' von argen Ketten,
Die meine schwache Seele trägt.

Herr, nach Deiner Gnad' und Treue
Sehnt sich mein geängstigt Herz,
Daß ich meine Schuld bereue,
Daß ich meinen Bund erneue,
Von Jammer frei und frei von Schmerz.

Gott, zu Deinem sel'gen Frieden
Kehret heim Dein treues Kind,
Dir zu dienen ohn' Ermüden,
Dich zu schauen froh beschieden,
Wo mit Dir Deine Engel sind.

Translation(s): DUT ENG

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Overgave", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Renunciation", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
Line count: 15
Word count: 85

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Lord, I would like to surrender myself to you.
When the world sickens and besets me,
I want to rest in your bosom,
Sore and tired from hopeless bondage,
That weighs down my soul.

Lord, for your mercy and faithfulness
My anxious heart longs,
That I repent of my sins,
That I renew my commitment,
Free from distress and free from pain.

God, to your sacred peace
Guide home your faithful child,
To serve you without weariness,
To see you, cheerfully humble,
Where, with you, your angels dwell.

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Text added to the website: 2011-05-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:21
Line count: 15
Word count: 88