Be still, my soul (Finlandia)

Lyrics ~ 3 verses

Meter: 10 10 10 D. Suitable for All Souls, General, Funeral, Passiontide

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Lyrics by Katharina Amalia Dorothea Von Schlegal (b. 1697) and translated by Jane L. Borthwick (1813-1897). Public Domain.


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  • Tune: Finlandia composed by Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957). Music Copyright © Breitkopf and Härtel, recorded with permission.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved. IRSC UKTU21900110

Be Still, My Soul (Finlandia – 3 Verses) – Organ by Richard M S Irwin

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