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In Peace and Joy I Now Depart

"In Peace and Joy I Now Depart"

by Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546

Text From:

THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), p. 107

 

1. In peace and joy I now depart

At God's disposing;

For full of comfort is my heart,

Soft reposing.

So the Lord hath promised me,

And death is but a slumber.

2. 'Tis Christ that wrought this work for me,

My faithful Savior,

Whom Thou hast made mine eyes to see

By Thy favor.

Now I know He is my Life,

My Help in need and dying.

3. Him Thou hast unto all set forth

Their great Salvation

And to His kingdom called the earth,

Every nation,

By Thy dear and wholesome Word,

In every place resounding.

4. He is the Hope and saving Light

Of lands benighted;

By Him are they who dwelt in night

Fed and lighted.

He is Israel's Praise and Bliss,

Their Joy, Reward, and Glory.

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Notes:

Text: Luke 2:29-32

Author: Martin Luther, 1524

Titled: Mit Fried' und Freud' ich fahr' dahin

Translated by: Leonard W. Bacon, 1884, alt.

1st appeared in: Geistliches Gesangbuchlein

Wittenberg, 1524