Author: Unknown Music Source: Johann J. Vetter's Sammlung einiger christlichen Lieder für die Kinder, 1834
Tr. Apostolic Elders, 1921
1. Should I restrain the Spirit’s course For fear of man so feeble? Though Satan’s hosts are raging here, Should I not be more faithful? Awed by a mortal’s frown, shall I Conceal the Word of God Most High?
2. Should praise of man be more to me Than God’s most blessed favor? And though man might reject His word, The Truth remains forever; Unchanging, sure, it does impart A comfort to the poor in heart.
3. O Lord, behold the frown of them Who still reject Thy mercy! Could I attain a blessed end, If I would now forsake Thee? And could I live with Thee on high If Jesus Christ I would deny?
4. Shall I to please the blinded throng Withhold Thy word so truthful? Or thus to soothe the ears of men Of their reproach be mindful, To gain earth’s gilded joys, or flee The cross endured, my Lord, by Thee?
5. What then is he whose scorn I dread, Whose wrath or hate dismaying? It is but mortal man I know, His frown I am not fearing. He is an heir of death, a slave To sin, a bubble on the wave!
6. Yea, let men rage; my God is still My refuge and my tower. I shall arise to my reward, Awakened by His power, Since in all pain Thy tender love Will still a consolation prove.
7. O, may I seek the souls who stray And save them from destruction, And through Thy holy love still lead Them to Thy congregation. May pray’rs and pleadings penetrate To warn them of their lost estate.
8. The mortal man may quite disown And speak in bold derision Against my labors and my name; Yet blest is my condition. The love of God dispels the fear And makes my faith in Him more dear.
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