In Time of Distress.
WRITTEN DURING THE THIRTY YEARS' WAR.
Wenn ich in Angst und Noth
M. A. von Löwenstern.
When anguish'd and perplexed, with many a sigh and tear
I lift mine eyes up to the hills, and pour out all my woe,
Thou bendest down Thine ear,
And never from Thy face, dear Lord, uncomforted I go.
My help and my defence come, faithful God, from Thee,
By Whom the heavens were fixed, and earth's foundations laid;
Man cannot succour me,
Before Thy throne alone I find my refuge and my aid.
Thou watchest that my foot should neither slip nor stray,
Thou guidest me Thyself through all my dark and troubled course,
Thou pointest me the way
Amid the snares of sin and death, and this world's craft and force.
Guardian of Israel! Thou dost slumber not, nor sleep,
Thine eye is open day and night, still watching over those
Who true allegiance keep
To Jesus' banner of the Cross, and bravely meet His foes.
And when Thou bidd'st me leave this world of strife and pain,
Grant me in Thee a steadfast hope, and gentle quick release,
Knowing we rise again
To dwell where death and war are not, in endless joy and peace.