493. Dearest Jesus, We Are Here

1 Dearest Jesus, we are here,
Gladly Your command obeying.
With this child we now draw near
In response to Your own saying
That to You it shall be given
As a child and heir of heaven.

2 Your command is clear and plain.
And we would obey it duly:
"You must all be born again,
Heart and life renewing truly,
Born of water and the Spirit,
And My kingdom thus inherit."

3 This is why we come to You,
In our arms this infant bearing;
Lord, to us Your glory show;
Let this child, Your mercy sharing,
In Your arms be shielded ever,
Yours on earth and Yours forever.

4 Gracious Lord, Your member own;
Shepherd, take Your lamb and feed it;
Prince of Peace, make here Your throne;
Way of life, to heaven lead it;
Precious vine, let nothing sever
From Your side this branch forever.

Text Information
First Line: Dearest Jesus, we are here
Title: Dearest Jesus, We Are Here
Author: Benjamin Schmolck (1704)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1858; alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Rudolph Ahle (1664)
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750; alt.)
Key: G Major

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