I greet Thee - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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In the audio file these are the words that are sung. In our hymnbooks at church we sing an additional verse


VERSE 1
I greet Thee, who my sure Redeemer art,
My only Trust and Saviour of my heart,
Who pain didst undergo for my poor sake;
I pray Thee, from our hearts all cares to take.
VERSE 2
Thou art the King of mercy and of grace,
Reigning omnipotent in every place;
So come, O King, and our whole being sway;
Shine on us with the light of Thy pure day.
VERSE 3
Thou art the life by which alone we live
And all our substance and our strength receive;
Sustain us by Thy faith and by Thy pow’r,
And give us strength in ev’ry trying hour.


Thou hast the true and perfect gentleness,
no harshness hast Thou, and no bitterness;
O grant to us the grace we find in Thee,
that we may dwell in perfect unity.


VERSE 4
Our hope is in no other save in Thee;
Our faith is built upon Thy promise free;
Lord, give us peace and make us calm and sure,
That in Thy strength we evermore endure.

STRASBOURG PSALTER, 1545;
tr. by Elizabeth Lee Smith*, 1817-98




The version upon which the well known translation above is based not only contains more verses but each verse also contains more lines. These words are found in a hymnbook combined by the church historian Philip Schaff. That hymbook is called Christ in Song and was published in 1870.

I greet Thee, who my sure Redeemer art,
My only Trust, and Saviour of my heart!
Who so much toil and woe
And pain didst undergo,
For my poor, worthless sake;
And pray Thee, from our hearts,
All idle griefs and smarts,
And foolish cares to take.

Thou art the King of mercy and of grace,
Reigning omnipotent in every place;
So come, O King! And deign
Within our hearts to reign,
And our whole being sway;
Shine in us by Thy light,
And lead us to the height
Of Thy pure heavenly day.

Thou art the Life by which alone we live,
And all our substance and our strength receive:
Comfort us by Thy faith
Against the pains of death;
Sustain us by Thy power;
Let not our fears prevail,
Nor our hearts faint or fail,
When comes the trying hour.

Thou art the true and perfect gentleness,
No harshness hast Thou, and no bitterness:
Make us to taste and prove,
Make us adore and love
The sweet grace found in Thee;
With longing to abide
Ever at Thy dear side,
In Thy sweet unity.

Our hope is in no other save in Thee,
Our faith is built upon Thy promise free;
Come, and our hope increase,
Comfort and give us peace,
Make us so strong and sure,
That we shall conquerors be,
And well and patiently
Shall every ill endure.

Poor, banished exiles, wretched sons of Eve,
Full of all sorrows, unto Thee we grieve!
To Thee we bring our sighs,
Our groanings, and our cries,
Thy pity, Lord, we crave;
We take the sinner’s place,
To pardon and to save.

Turn Thy sweet eyes upon our low estate,
Our mediator and our Advocate,
Propitiator best!
Give us that vision blest,
The God of gods most High!
And let us, by Thy right,
Enter the blessed light
And glories of the sky!

Oh, pitiful and gracious as Thou art,
The lovely Bridegroom of the holy heart,
Lord Jesus Christ, meet Thou
The Antichrist our foe,
In all his cruel ruth!
Thy Spirit give, that we
May, in true verity,
Follow Thy word of truth.









 
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