My Maker, Be Thou Nigh   1 comment

St. Catherine's, Marietta

Above:  St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia, May 17, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Text (published in 1729) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (published in the Australian Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1925) by E. Taylor, a Congregationalist minster (died 1938), altered

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America


1.  My Maker, be Thou nigh

The light of life to give

And guide me with Thine eye

While hear on earth I live.

To Thee my heart I tender

And all my pow’rs surrender;

Make it my one endeavor

To love and serve Thee ever.

Upon Thy promise I rely;

My Maker, be Thou nigh.

2.  My Savior, wash me clean

With Thy most precious blood,

That takes away all sin

And seals my peace with God.

My soul in peace abideth

When in Thy wounds it hideth.

There I find full salvation

And freedom from damnation.

Without Thee lost, defiled by sin,

My Savior, wash me clean.

3.  My Comforter, give pow’r

That I may stand secure

When in temptation’s hour

The world and sin allure.

The Son to me revealing,

Inspire my tho’t and feeling,

His Word of grace to ponder,

Nor let me from Him wander.

On me Thy gifts and graces show’r:

My Comforter, give pow’r!

4.  O Holy Trinity!

To whom I all things owe,

Thine image graciously

Within my heart bestow.

Choose me, tho’ weak and lowly,

To be Thy temple holy

Where praise shall rise unending

For grace so condescending.

O heav’nly bliss, Thine own to be,

O Holy Trinity!

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