God calling yet! shall I not hear

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1 God calling yet; shall I not hear?
Earth's pleasures shall I still hold dear?
Shall life's swift passing years all fly,
And still my soul in slumber lie?

2 God calling yet; shall I not rise?
Can I his loving voice despise,
And basely his kind care repay?
He calls me still; can I delay?

3 God calling yet; and shall he knock,
And I my heart the closer lock?
He still is waiting to receive,
And shall I dare his Spirit grieve?

4 Ah, yield him all; in him confide;
Where but with him doth peace abide?
Break loose, let earthly bonds be riven,
And let the spirit rise to heaven.

5 God calling yet; I cannot stay;
My heart I yield without delay;
Vain world, farewell! from thee I part;
The voice of God hath reached my heart.

Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #374

Author: Gerhard Tersteegen

Tersteegen, Gerhard, a pious and useful mystic of the eighteenth century, was born at Mörs, Germany, November 25, 1697. He was carefully educated in his childhood, and then apprenticed (1715) to his older brother, a shopkeeper. He was religiously inclined from his youth, and upon coming of age he secured a humble cottage near Mühlheim, where he led a life of seclusion and self-denial for many years. At about thirty years of age he began to exhort and preach in private and public gatherings. His influence became very great, such was his reputation for piety and his success in talking, preaching, and writing concerning spiritual religion. He wrote one hundred and eleven hymns, most of which appeared in his Spiritual Flower Garden (1731). He… Go to person page >

Translator: Sarah B. Findlater

Sarah Laurie Borthwick Findlater (1823-1907) sister of Jane Laurie Borthwick was born in Edinburgh, where her father managed the North British Insurance Office. Sarah married Eric John Findlater, a pastor in the Free Church of Scotland. Findlater and her sister Jane’s English translations were collected in German Hymns from the Land of Luther, which appeared in four volumes (1854-1862), --The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion  Go to person page >

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First Line: God calling yet! shall I not hear?
Title: God calling yet! shall I not hear
German Title: Gott rufet noch!
Author: Gerhard Tersteegen
Translator: Sarah B. Findlater
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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