O God, my faithful God (O Gott, du frommer Gott)

1) O God, my faithful God,
true fountain ever flowing,
without whom nothing is,
all perfect gifts bestowing:
give me a healthy frame,
and may I have within
a conscience free from blame,
a soul unstained by sin.

2) Give me the strength to do
with ready heart and willing,
whatever you command,
my calling here fulfilling–
to do it when I ought,
with all my strength; and bless
whatever I have wrought,
for you must give success.

3) Keep me from saying words
that later need recalling;
guard me, lest idle speech
may from my lips be falling:
but when, within my place,
I must and ought to speak,
then to my words give grace,
lest I offend the weak.

4) When dangers gather round,
oh, keep me calm and fearless;
help me to bear the cross
when life seems dark and cheerless;
help me, as you have taught,
to love both great and small,
and, by your Spirit’s might,
to live at peace with all.

Deutsche Originalfassung: 1630, Johann Heermann
Übersetzung ins Englische: 1863, Catherine Winkworth
Melodie: 1679, Ahasverus Fritsch
Andere Melodie: 1710, Johann Georg Christian Storl

Catherine Winkworth


Notensatz, 4stimmig (pdf, Storl, externer Link zu Hymnary.org) midi

Notensatz, 4stimmig (pdf, Fritsch, externer Link zu Hymnary.org) midi