Commit Thou All Thy Griefs

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1 Commit thou all your griefs
and ways into his hands;
to his sure truth and tender care,
who earth and heav'n commands.
Who points the clouds their course,
whom winds and seas obey,
he shall direct your wand'ring feet,
hHe shall prepare your way.

2 Give to the winds your fears;
hope, and be undismayed;
God hears your sighs and counts your tears,
God shall lift up your head.
Through waves and clouds and storms
he gently clears your way;
wait for his time, so shall the night
soon end in joyous day.

3 Still heavy is your heart?
Still sink your spirits down?
Cast off the weight, let fear depart,
and every care be gone.
He everywhere has sway,
and all things serve his might;
his every act pure blessing is,
his path unsullied light.

4 Far, far above your thought
his counsel shall appear,
when fully he the work has wrought
that caused your needless fear.
Leave to his sovereign sway
to choose and to command;
with wonder filled, you then hall own
how wise, how strong his hand.


Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #669

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

Translator: John Wesley

John Wesley, the son of Samuel, and brother of Charles Wesley, was born at Epworth, June 17, 1703. He was educated at the Charterhouse, London, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated M.A. in 1726. At Oxford, he was one of the small band consisting of George Whitefield, Hames Hervey, Charles Wesley, and a few others, who were even then known for their piety; they were deridingly called "Methodists." After his ordination he went, in 1735, on a mission to Georgia. The mission was not successful, and he returned to England in 1738. From that time, his life was one of great labour, preaching the Gospel, and publishing his commentaries and other theological works. He died in London, in 17… Go to person page >

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Commit thou all thy griefs. A noble but free translation, omitting stanzas v., ix.-xi., by J. Wesley in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1739 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 125), in 8 stanzas of 8 lines Though free, it has in far greater measure than any other caught the ring and spirit of Gerhardt. Included as No. 37 in the Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1753, and as Nos. 103-104 in the Pocket Hymn Book, 1785, but not included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, till as Nos. 673, 674 in the Supplement of 1830 (stanza iii., lines 4-8, being omitted), and thence as No. 831 in the edition of 1875. This translations has come into very extended use, but generally abridged; Mercer, in the 1857 edition of his Church Psalm and Hymn Book, giving it in full, but abridging it to 8 stanzas in his Oxford edition, 1864. Among recent collections it is found under its original first line in the Baptist Psalms and Hymns, 1858, Sarum Hymnal, 1868, Irish Church Hymnal, 1873, Scottish Presbyterian Hymnal, 1876, Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884, and others; and in America in the Plymouth Collection, 1855, Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858, Hymns and Songs of Praise, N. Y., 1874, Evangelical Hymnal, N. Y., 1880, and many others. In the United Presbyterian Hymn Book, 1852, it began, "To God commit thy griefs." It is also found as follows:—
1. "Thou on the Lord rely" (Wesley's iii.), in Knight's Collection, Dundee, 1871-74.
2. "Thy everlasting truth" (Wesley's v.), in Adams's Church Pastorals, Boston, U.S., 1864.
3. "Give to the winds thy fears" (Wesley's ix.), in Kennedy, 1863, and many English and American Collections.
4. "0 cast away thy fears " (Wesley's ix. altered), in United Presbyterian Hymn Book, 1852.
5. “Through waves and clouds and storms " (Wesley's x.), in Davies and Baxter's Collection, 1835.
6. "Leave to His sovereign sway" (Wesley's xiii.), in Adams's Church Pastorals, Boston, U.S., 1864.
7. "Thou seest our weakness, Lord " (Wesley's xv.), in American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849.
8. "Put thou thy trust in God," a greatly altered cento of which stanza i. is based on iii., lines 1-4; ii. on i., lines 1-4; iii. on iii., lines 1-4; and iv. on v., lines 5-8; appeared as No. 77 in the Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, and since in various hymnals, e.g. S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hymns, 1853, Kennedy, 1863.

-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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