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"Jesus, Refuge of the Weary"

by Girolamo Savonarola, 1452-1498

Text From:

THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), pp. 114

 

1. Jesus, Refuge of the weary,

Blest Redeemer, whom we love,

Fountain in life's desert dreary,

Savior from the world above,

Oh, how oft Thine eyes, offended,

Gaze upon the sinner's fall!

Yet, upon the cross extended,

Thou didst bear the pain of all.

2. Do we pass that cross unheeding,

Breathing no repentant vow,

Though we see Thee wounded, bleeding,

See Thy thorn-encircled brow?

Yet Thy sinless death hath brought us

Life eternal, peace, and rest;

Only what Thy grace hath taught us

Calms the sinner's stormy breast.

3. Jesus, may our hearts be burning

With more fervent love for Thee!

May our eyes be ever turning

To Thy cross of agony

Till in glory, parted never

From the blessed Savior's side,

Graven in our hearts forever

Dwell the cross, the Crucified!

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Notes:

TLH #145 from the Handbook to TLH

Text: Mark 15: 29, 30

Author: Girolamo Savonarola, 1563

Titled: Giesu sommo conforto

Translated by: Jane F. Wilde, 1853

Tune: O du Liebe

"Musikalischer Christenschatz"

Basel, 1745