God himself is with us

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1 God Himself is with us:
Let us now adore Him,
And with awe appear before Him.
God is here within us;
Soul, in silence fear Him,
Humbly, fervently draw near Him.
Now His own who have known
God, in worship lowly,
Yield their spirits wholly.

2 Come, abide within me;
Let my soul, like Mary,
Be Thine earthly sanctuary.
Come, in-dwelling Spirit,
With transfigured splendor;
Love and honor will I render.
Where I go here below
Let me bow before Thee,
Know Thee and adore Thee.

3 Gladly we surrender
Earth's deceitful treasures,
Pride of life and sinful pleasures;
Gladly, Lord, we offer
Thine to be forever,
Soul and life and each endeavor.
Thou alone shalt be known
Lord of all our being,
Life's true way decreeing.


Source: Hymns for the Living Church #375

Author: Gerhardt Terstegen, 1697-1769

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 (st. 3): Henry Sloane Coffin, 1877-1954

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Text Information

First Line: God himself is with us
Author: Gerhardt Terstegen, 1697-1769
Translator (st. 3): Henry Sloane Coffin, 1877-1954
Source: Hymnal 1940, alt. (tr.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Copyright: Sts. 1, 2 and 4 © The Church Pension Fund.; St. 3 By permission of David D. Coffin