Author: Gottfried Arnold (1666-1714) Composer: Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1750 (1712-1778)
1. Jesus, mighty Liberator, From all bonds to make me free, Changing scorn, disgrace, disfavor Into heav’nly joy for me! We demand no rest nor favor For our flesh in earthly clime; Deal with us as seemeth needful Here before our parting time!
2. It is God’s good will and pleasure To conclude this work of love, For in Thee is found the fullness Of all wisdom from above; That not one be lost nor perish Who began this Heav’nly race, But be led from earthly tumult To that joyful resting place.
3. Therefore do Thou makes us perfect; Thou couldst not do otherwise; We are in Thy hands and power, Bound to Thee with lasting ties, Though we stand amid temptations Pressing us on ev’ry side, And our cross and tribulations Soul and body e’er betide.
4. O arouse our feeble powers; From things earthly set them free, That our plans and all our efforts May be hallowed, Lord, to Thee! Far from fear of man and worry, Far above mere reason’s scope, Past all dread of scorn and suff’ring Lift us by our blessed hope!
5. Let those who were dearly purchased Not become the slaves of man, For since thou hast died to save us, Keep us pure, as in Thy plan. Clean and spotless, true and perfect, After Thy resemblance fair, There is grace for all partakers Of Thy fullness, sweet and rare.
6. Lord, into Thy death include us Let with Thee be crucified All that meets Thy disapproval; Lead us into Paradise! Come then, Lord, and do not tarry; Let us never slothful be! We shall sing with great rejoicing When we gain our liberty.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!