God's anvil

Pain's furnace heat within me quivers

Author: Julius Carl Reinhold Sturm
Tune: [Pain's furnace-heat within me quivers]
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1 Pain’s furnace-heat within me quivers,
God’s breath upon the flame doth blow,
And all my heart in anguish shivers
And trembles at the fiery glow.

And yet I whisper, “As God will,”
And in his hottest fire hold still.
And yet I whisper, “As God will,”
And in his hottest fire hold still.

2 He comes and lays my heart all heated,
On his hard anvil, minded so;
Yet in his own fair form to beat it
With his great hammer, blow by blow. [Refrain]

3 He takes my softened heart and beats it;
The sparks fly off at every blow;
He turns it o’er and o’er and heats it,
And lets it cool, and makes it glow. [Refrain]

4 He kindles for my profit, purely,
Affliction’s glowing, fiery brand;
For all his heaviest blows are surely
Inflicted by a Master hand. [Refrain]

5 I will not murmur at the sorrow
That only longer-lived would be;
Then end may come, and that tomorrow,
When God hath wrought his will in me. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Grace and Glory: A New and Inspiring Selection of Sacred Songs for Evangelical Use and General Worship #233

Author: Julius Carl Reinhold Sturm

Sturm, Julius Carl Reinhold, was born July 21, 1816, at Köstritz, in the principality of Reuss (younger line). After being a student of theology at Jena, from 1837 to 1841, he was for two years a private tutor at Heilbronn on the Neckar, and then, for a year, at Friesen, in Saxony. In 1845 he became tutor to Prince Heinrich xiv. of Reuss; and after the Prince's confirmation, in 1848, acted as tutor to him for three years more at the Gymnasium in Meiningen. He was then appointed pastor at Göschitz, near Schleiz, in the end of 1850; and pastor at Köstritz, in 1858, where he still (1889) lives as Kirchenrath and Court preacher (Koch, vii. 284; ms. from the author, &c). Sturm is one of the most important of modern German sacred poets. Among… Go to person page >

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First Line: Pain's furnace heat within me quivers
Title: God's anvil
Author: Julius Carl Reinhold Sturm