Forty days and forty nights (Aus Der Tiefe – Heinlein)

Hymn – Forty days and forty nights – Lyrics

Forty days and forty nights
thou wast fasting in the wild;
forty days and forty nights
tempted, and yet undefiled.

Sunbeams scorching all the day;
Chilly dew-drops nightly shed;
Prowling beasts about Thy way;
Stones Thy pillow; earth Thy bed.

Should not we thy sorrow share
and from worldly joys abstain,
fasting with unceasing prayer,
strong with thee to suffer pain?

Then if Satan on us press,
Jesus, Saviour, hear our call!
Victor in the wilderness,
grant we may not faint or fall!

So shall we have peace divine:
holier gladness ours shall be;
round us, too, shall angels shine,
such as ministered to thee.

Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear,
ever constant by thy side;
that we thee we may appear
at the eternal Eastertide.


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  • Tune: Aus Der Tiefe (Heinlein)
  • Meter: 77 77
  • Style: Lutheran
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: Nürnbergisches Gesangbuch (1676) attributed to Composer: Martin Herbst (1654-1681)
  • Lyricist: George Hunt Smyttan (1822-1870)
  • Translator: Gerard Moultrie (1829 – 1885)
  • Church Year: Lent
  • Music Copyright & Lyrics Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.