I Leave All things to God's Direction

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1 I leave all things to God's direction;
he loves me both in joy and woe.
His will is good, sure his affection;
his tender love is true, I know.
My fortress and my rock is he:
what pleases God, that pleases me.

2 God knows what must be done to save me;
his love for me will never cease.
Upon his hands he did engrave me
with purest gold of loving grace.
His will supreme must ever be:
what pleases God, that pleases me.

3 God gives me help in all temptation,
his loving goal my soul to save.
Calm in the face of life's frustration,
all earthly trouble I will brave.
His will be done eternally:
what pleases God, that pleases me.

4 My God has all things in his keeping;
he is my ever-faithful friend.
He gives me laughter after weeping,
and all his ways in blessings end.
His love endures eternally:
what pleases God, that pleases me.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #799

Translator: August Crull

August Crull was born January 27, 1845 in Rostock, Germany, where his father, Hofrat Crull, was a lawyer. He was educated at the Gymnasium in Rostock, and at Concordia College in St. Louis and Fort Wayne where he graduated in 1862. His father died soon after he began studying at the Gymnasium. His mother then married Albert Friedrich Hoppe, who later became the editor of the St. Louis edition of Luther's Works. In 1865, Crull graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He became assistant pastor at Trinity Church in Milwaukee and also served as Director of the Lutheran High School. Later he was pastor of the Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1873 to 1915, he was professor of the German language and literature at Concordia… Go to person page >

Author: Salamo Franck

Franck, Salomo, son of Jakob Franck, financial secretary at Weimar, was born at Weimar, March 6, 1659. Little is known of his early history. He probably studied at Jena, and seems thereafter to have held some appointment at Zwickau. In 1689 he became secretary of the Schwarzburg ducal administration at Arnstadt; and in 1697 of the Saxon administration and of the consistory at Jena. He was then, in 1702, appointed secretary of the consistory, librarian, and curator of the ducal collection of coins and medals at Weimar. He died at Weimar July 11, 1725 (Koch, v. 420-426; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, vii. 213-214; Schauer's introduction, &c.) He was a member of the Fruitbearing Society, and the author of a considerable number of secular po… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I leave all things to God's direction; He loves me both in joy and woe
Title: I Leave All things to God's Direction
Translator: August Crull
Author: Salamo Franck
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Published in 1657 (see above) WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT is also known as NEUMARK. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used the tune in its isorhythmic shape (all equal rhythms) in his cantatas 21, 27, 84, 88, 93, 166, 179, and 197. Many Lutheran composers have also written organ preludes on this tune. WER NUR DEN…

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