Text:O Thou Essential Word
Author:Laurentius Laurenti
Translator (from German):Catherine Winkworth
Media:MIDI file

5364. O Thou Essential Word

1. O Thou essential Word,
Who wast from the beginning
With God, for Thou wast God;
Thou hope of all the sinning,
Chosen to save our race,
Welcome indeed Thou art,
Redeemer, Fount of grace,
To this my longing heart.

2. Come, self-existent Word,
And speak Thou in my spirit!
The soul where Thou art heard
Doth endless peace inherit.
Thou light that lightenest all,
Abide through faith in me,
Nor let me from Thee fall,
And seek no guide but Thee.

3. Ah! what hath stirred Thy heart,
What cry hath mounted thither,
And reached Thy heavenly throne,
And drawn Thee, Savior, hither?
It was Thy wondrous love,
And my most utter need,
Made Thy compassions move,
Stronger than death indeed.

4. Then let me give my heart
To Him who loved me, wholly;
And live, while here I dwell,
To show His praises solely;
Yes, Jesus, form anew
This stony heart of mine,
Make it till death still true
To Thee, for ever Thine.

5. Let naught be left within
But what Thy hand hath planted;
Root out the weeds of sin,
And quell the foe who haunted
My soul, and set the tares;
From Thee comes nothing ill,
O save me from his snares,
Make plain my pathway still.

6. Thou art the Life, O Lord,
And Thou its light art only!
Let not Thy blessèd rays
Still leave me dark and lonely.
Star of the East, arise!
Drive all my clouds away,
Till earth’s dim twilight dies
Into the perfect day!

Text Information
First Line: O Thou essential Word
Title: O Thou Essential Word
German Title: Du wesentliches Wort
Author: Laurentius Laurenti (1700)
Translator (from German): Catherine Winkworth
Meter: SMD
Language: English
Source: Translation in Chorale Book for England (London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1861), number 154
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Unknown (before 1864)
Meter: SMD
Incipit: 12365 43351 23311
Key: F Major
Source: Chorale Book for England, number 154
Copyright: Public Domain

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