O God, thou faithful God

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O God, thou faithful God,
thou Fountain ever flowing,
without whom nothing is,
all perfect gifts bestowing,
grant me a healthy frame,
and give me, Lord, within,
a conscience free from blame,
a soul unhurt by sin.

And grant me, Lord, to do,
with ready heart and willing,
whatever thou shalt command,
my calling here fulfilling;
and do it when I ought,
with zeal and joyfulness,
and bless the work I've wrought,
for thou wilt give success.

When dangers gather round,
still keep me calm and fearless.  
Help me to bear the cross
when life is dark and cheerless,
to overcome my foe
with words and actions kind;
when counsel I would know,
good counsel let me find.

#376 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Johann Heermann, O Gott du frommer Gott, Devoti Musica Cordis, 1630;
                    tr. Catherine Winkworth, Lyra Germanica, Series II, 1858, alt.
   Tune:  "O Gott du frommer Gott (Darmstadt)," Himmels-Lust und Welt-Unlust, 1679;
                    harmonized by J.S. Bach, Cantata No. 45, ca. 1740

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