167. Forty Days and Forty Nights

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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 that we 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 Hunt Smyttan (1856, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; Hebrews 2:17-18; Hebrews 4:15-16
Topic: Christian Year: Baptism of Jesus; Christian Year: Transfiguration; Jesus Christ: Life1 more...
Language: English
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Name: AUS DER TIEFE RUFE ICH
Composer (attributed to): Martin Herbst (1676)
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Key: d minor or modal


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This text, given sharper focus by being reduced from nine stanzas to five, reflects both on Christ’s temptation in the wilderness and on the purpose and goal of Lent as preparation for Easter. It pairs well with a 17th-century German chorale setting for Psalm 130.


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