Author: Karl Philipp Spitta (1801-1859) Music Source: Zions-Harfe, oder, Lieder für die Versammlungen der Gläubigen, Bern, Switzerland, 1844
1. In earth’s anguish here I will not murmur, Neither seek nor crave a crown of honor, When my Lord a crown of thorns did wear. Will not seek the flow’ry path of roses, When our holy Lord and Saviour, Jesus, There on Calvary the cross did bear.
2. Give me, Lord, for this life’s journey only Truth to guide me through this world so lonely And Thy Spirit for to lead the way. Give a heart that willingly will follow On the path so steep and straight and narrow Where Thy holy feet once led the way.
3. In the true faith let me never tire; And the fruit of faith, the holy fire, Love untarnished, Lord, O give to me. Without it I cannot forward journey; Love alone can lead to love eternal; Only love leads through this world to Thee.
4. Friendly was to me Thy invitation, Dearest Lord! So in my humble station Heavenward my steps shall e’er proceed; Therefore lend unto Thy lowly servant From above Thy grace and love so fervent; Strengthen and direct my weary feet.
5. Let a clear and hopeful view be given Unto me into Thy blissful heaven, When on earth no rest from toil I find. In this vale of anguish and affliction Give me constant peace and pure affection And a trusting, heaven-gladdened mind.
6. Yea, upon this earth I am a stranger, Burdened with a cross and many dangers, Am a pilgrim, poor and unbeknown. Be the cross my pilgrim journey’s token Till my earthly house at last be broken, And I reach that dear and heav’nly home.
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!