1 Give to the winds thy fears;
hope, and be undismayed.
God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears;
God shall lift up thy head.
2 Through waves and clouds and storms
God gently clears the way.
Wait patiently; so shall this night
soon end in joyous day.
3 Leave to God’s sovereign sway
to choose and to command.
So shalt thou, wondering, own God’s way,
how wise, how strong God’s hand!
4 Let us in life, in death,
thy steadfast truth declare,
and publish with our final breath
thy love and guardian care.
|First Line:||Give to the winds thy fears|
|Title:||Give to the Winds Thy Fears|
|Translator:||John Wesley (1737, alt.)|
|Author:||Paul Gerhardt (1653)|
|Scripture:||Psalm 37:5; Psalm 56:4; Psalm 65:5-13; Isaiah 41:10; John 14:27; Romans 8:28; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 5:7|
|Topic:||Hope; Living and Dying in Christ; Sovereignty of God1 more...|
|Composer:||William H. Walter (1872)|
|Notes:||This tune in a higher key, 744|
This text uses selected stanzas from sixteen four-line English stanzas based on the original German text, which was twice as long. The German hymn was constructed as an acrostic on Martin Luther’s translation of Psalm 37:5, and much of the spirit of that psalm is retained here.