1 Forty days and forty nights
you were fasting in the wild;
forty days and forty nights
tempted, and yet undefiled:
2 burning heat throughout the day,
bitter cold when light has fled,
prowling beasts around your way,
stones your pillow, earth your bed.
3 Shall not we your trials share,
learn your discipline of will,
and with you by fast and prayer
wrestle with the powers of hell?
4 So if Satan, pressing hard,
soul and body would destroy:
Christ who conquered, be our guard;
give to us the victor's joy.
5 Saviour, may we hear your voice --
keep us constant at your side;
and with you we shall rejoice
at the eternal Eastertide.
|First Line:||Forty days and forty nights|
|Title:||Forty Days and Forty Nights|
|Author:||George Hunt Smyttan (1822-1870)|
|Scripture:||Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:9-15; Luke 4:1-13; 1 Peter 4:12-19; 1 Peter 5:6-11|
|Topic:||Ash Wednesday; Lent (first Sunday); Lent (season)|
|Source:||rev. Hymns for Today's Church|
|Copyright:||Rev. © 1982 Hope Publishing Co.|
|Composer (attributed to):||Martin Herbst (1654-1681)|
|Harmonizer:||William Henry Monk (1823-1889)|
|Key:||d minor or modal|