121. Jesus, Grant that Balm and Healing

1 Jesus, grant that balm and healing
In your holy wounds I find,
Ev'ry hour that I am feeling
Pains of body and of mind.
Should some evil thought within
Tempt my treach'rous heart to sin,
Show the peril, and from sinning
Keep me from its first beginning.

2 Should some lust or sharp temptation
Fascinate my sinful mind,
Let me think about your passion,
And new courage I shall find.
Or should Satan press me hard,
Let me then be on my guard,
Saying, "Christ for me was wounded,"
That the tempter flee confounded.

3 If the world my heart entices
With the broad and easy road,
With seductive, sinful vices,
Let me think about the load
You were willing to endure;
Then I'll flee all thoughts impure,
Mastering each wild temptation,
Calm in prayer and meditation.

4 Ev'ry wound that pains or grieves me
By your wounds, Lord, is made whole;
When I'm weak, your cross revives me,
Granting new life to my soul.
Yes, your comfort renders sweet
Ev'ry bitter cup I meet;
For your all-atoning passion
Has procured my soul's salvation.

5 O my God, my Rock and Tower,
Grant that in your death I trust,
Knowing death has lost his power
Since you crushed him in the dust.
Savior, let your agony
Ever help and comfort me;
When I die be my protection,
Light and life and resurrection.

Text Information
First Line: Jesus, grant that balm and healing
Title: Jesus, Grant that Balm and Healing
Author: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647 (abr.)
Meter: 87 87 77 88
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Lent
Source: Translation composite
Tune Information
Composer: Johann B. König, 1691-1758
Meter: 87 87 77 88
Key: a minor
Copyright: Setting: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
Notes: Alternate setting: 319

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