When my last hour is close at hand, My last sad journey taken

When my last hour is close at hand, My last sad journey taken

Translator: Edgar Alfred Bowring; Author: Nikolaus Herman (1560)
Tune: WENN MEIN STÜNDLEIN VORHANDEN IST
Published in 12 hymnals

Full Text

1 When my last hour is close at hand,
My last sad journey taken,
Do Thou, Lord Jesus! by me stand,
Let me not be forsaken.
O Lord, my spirit I resign
Into Thy loving hands divine;
'Tis safe within Thy keeping.

2 Countless as sands upon the shore,
My sins may then appall me;
Yet, though my conscience vex me sore,
Despair shall not enthrall me:
For as I draw my latest breath,
I'll think, Lord Christ! upon Thy Death,
And there find consolation.

3 I shall not in the grave remain,
Since Thou death's bonds hast severed;
But hope with Thee to rise again,
From fear of death delivered,
For where Thou art, there I shall be.
That I may ever live with Thee:
This is my joy in dying.

4 And so to Jesus Christ I'll go,
My longing arms extending;
So fall asleep in slumber deep,
Slumber that knows no ending,
Till Jesus Christ, God's only Son,
Opens the gates of bliss, leads on
To heaven, to life eternal.

Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #547

Translator: Edgar Alfred Bowring

Bowring, Edgar Alfred, was born in 1826, and was M.P. for Exeter, 1868. According to Glass (p. 183) he has also "translated two small volumes of German hymns, selected by the Queen, and privately printed for her Majesty's use." [No. 292.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Author: Nikolaus Herman

Herman, Nicolaus, is always associated with Joachimsthal in Bohemia, just over the mountains from Saxony. The town was not of importance till the mines began to be extensively worked about 1516. Whether Herman was a native of this place is not known, but he was apparently there in 1518, and was certainly in office there in 1524. For many years he held the post of Master in the Latin School, and Cantor or Organist and Choirmaster in the church. Towards the end of his life he suffered greatly from gout, and had to resign even his post as Cantor a number of years before his death. He died at Joachimsthal, May 3, 1561. (Koch, i. 390-398; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xii. 186-188, &c.) He was a great friend and helper of J. Mathesius (q.v.)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When my last hour is close at hand, My last sad journey taken
German Title: Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist
Author: Nikolaus Herman (1560)
Translator: Edgar Alfred Bowring
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #547Page Scan
Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #547TextPage Scan
Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #582Page Scan
Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient & modern (Abr. ed.) #581Page Scan
Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient and modern #1113Page Scan
Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in the prayer-meeting #552Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1248Page Scan
The Book of Praise: or, Hymns for Public and Social Worship #d887
The Christian Hymnal: a selection of psalms and hymns with music, for use in public worship #429Page Scan
The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d1005
The New Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in Baptist churches #1165Page Scan
The Service of Praise #d360



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