Lord Jesus Christ, Will You Not Stay

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1 Lord Jesus Christ, will you not stay?
It is now toward the end of day.
Oh, let your Word, that saving light,
Shine forth undimmed into the night.

2 Rekindle for this end-time stress
Faith's ancient strength and steadfastness
That we keep pure till life is spent
Your holy Word and Sacrament.

3 To hope grown dim, To hearts turned cold
Speak tongues of fire and make us bold
To shine your Word of saving grace
Into each dark and loveless place.

4 May glorious truths that we have heard,
The bright lance of your mighty Word,
Spurn Satan that your Church be strong,
Bold, unified in act and song.

5 Restrain, O Lord, the human pride
That seeks to thrust your truth aside
Or with some man-made thoughts or things
Would dim the words your Spirit sings.

6 The cause is yours, the glory too.
Then hear us, Lord, and keep us true,
Your Word alone our heart's defense,
The Church's glorious confidence.

Source: Lutheran Worship #344

Translator: F. Samuel Janzow, b. 1913

F. Samuel Janzow was Professor of English at Concordia University Chicago from 1954 to 1980. NNM Go to person page >

Author: Nikolaus Selnecker, 1532-92

Selnecker, Nicolaus, D.D., son of Georg Selnecker (Selneccer, Schellenecker, who was protonotarius to the Nürnberg magistracy, but lived at Hersbruck near Nürnberg) was born at Hersbruck Dec. 5, 1532. In 1536 he was removed to Nürnberg, and became during his school time, when only twelve years old, organist at the chapel in the Kaiserburg there. He went to the university of Wittenberg in 1550 (where he became a favourite pupil of Melanchthon), graduated M.A. on July 31, 1554, and subsequently lectured as a privat-docent, sometimes to 200 students. In the end of 1557 he was appointed second court preacher at Dresden, and tutor to the heir apparent Prince Alexander, having also to supervise the education of the choirboys of the royal chape… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord Jesus Christ, will you not stay
Title: Lord Jesus Christ, Will You Not Stay
Author: Nikolaus Selnecker, 1532-92 (et al.)
Translator: F. Samuel Janzow, b. 1913
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1982.


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