384. Forty Days and Forty Nights

1 Forty days and forty nights
You were fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights
Tempted and yet undefiled.

2 Shall not we your sorrow share
And from worldly joys abstain,
Fasting with unceasing prayer,
Strong with you to suffer pain?

3 Then if Satan on us press,
Flesh or spirit to assail,
Victor in the wilderness,
Grant we may not faint nor fail!

4 So shall we have peace divine:
Holier gladness ours shall be;
Round us, too, shall angels shine,
Such as served You faithfully.

5 Keep, O keep us, Savior dear,
Ever constant by your side;
That with you we may appear
At the eternal Eastertide.

Text Information
First Line: Forty days and forty nights
Title: Forty Days and Forty Nights
Author: George H. Smyttan, 1822-1870
Meter: 7 7 7 7
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-2; Luke 4:1-13
Topic: Seasons and Feasts: Ash Wednesday; Fasting
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: HEINLEIN
Composer (attributed to): Martin Herbst, 1654-1681
Meter: 7 7 7 7
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Nürnbergisches Gesangbuch, 1676



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