530. Hark! The Church Proclaims Her Honor

1 Hark! The Church proclaims her honor,
And her strength is only this:
God has laid his choice upon her,
And the work she does is his.

2 He his Church has firmly founded;
He will guard what he began.
We, by sin and foes surrounded,
Build her walls as best we can.

3 Frail and fleeting are our powers,
Short our days, our foresight dim.
We confess a choice not ours:
We were chosen first by him.

4 Though we here must strive in weakness,
Though in tears we often bend,
What his might began in meekness
Shall achieve a glorious end.

5 Onward, then, without despairing!
Calm we follow at his Word,
Thus through joy and sorrow bearing
Faithful witness to our Lord.

Text Information
First Line: Hark! The Church proclaims her honor
Title: Hark! The Church Proclaims Her Honor
Original Language: German
Author: Samuel Preiswerk, 1779-1871
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Church
Tune Information
Composer: Christian F. Witt, 1660-1716 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87
Key: F Major
Notes: Alternate setting: 463

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