Christ My Song - 1533
Why is my heart so far from thee - The Joy of God's Presence
(Gottfried Benedikt Funk/Henry Mills/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Joy of God's Presence.
1. Why is my heart so far from thee,
thou only source of pleasure;
while fear, and toil, and grief to me
from care permit no leisure?
O leave me not in hopeless night,
nor hide me, Father, from thy sight
where spirits are rejoicing. PDF - Midi
2. Thick darkness here is spread around, –
and must I struggle ever
for light and peace, – yet all be found
a fruitless, sad endeavor?
With sin the never-ceasing strife,
the burdens of this mortal life,
to dust my soul are sinking.
3. Too weak am I, by strength of mine,
where dwell thy joys, to tower;
too weak, where host's of darkness join,
to quell their prince's power.
Within, around, I trouble see, –
where look for help? – O God to thee
alone is my reliance.
4. With humble faith upon thy word,
my all in all I take thee;
be thou my Rock, my shield and sword!
I never will forsake thee:
though sin my soul has oft defiled,
through Jesus, I am yet thy child,
and thou, my gracious father.
5. The vict'ry thou wilt guide: 't is well!
the strife I'll dread no longer:
of fears – no more would dare to tell,
the weak shall prove the stronger.
Thou wilt to me thy presence grant,
and, with thy smile, I nothing want
for earth, or yet for heaven.