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“ HOW LONG WILL YE LOVE VANITY? ”
(“ WIE HABT IHR DAS EITLE SO LIEB?”)
ETERNITY draws nearer ;
Time hastens fast away :
Or would'st thou bid it stay?
For that which hastens past;
For higher joys, that last ?
Receivest thou life's being
From what this world has given;
The powers of Life from Heaven?
Is Earth thine only home?
When death's dark hour is come!
LIFE AND FULL SUFFICIENCY IN JESUS.
(LEBEN UND VOLLE GENÜGE IN JESU.)
JESUS, my Sun, before Whose beams
Night's shadows quickly flee ;-
All grief and misery !
One clear sound ringeth in my heart
Where'er I stand or move ;-
How wondrous is Thy Love!
One instinct ever fills my soul,
Deep, heavenly, and clear :
Thy one sole aim is here ! ”
Yes, I would fain for this one Pearl
Sell all that I possess;
Of earthly happiness.
In silent gladness, from my heart
All things I would remove, That from His Presence can divide,
Or rob me of His Love.
If separate from Thee, my Lord,
No other life I know :
Through which its life must flow.
Living in Thee, I am secure;
No more I know of death ; For sin-my spirit's only foe
Thy strong Hand vanquisheth.
I know no more of sorrow now :
No trials that betide, Thou Well-spring of all blessedness,
Can part me from Thy side.
Yea, if I only have Thy Love,
No other joy I crave;
I royal riches have.
Already am I, here on earth,
Thus blest, and light of heart : What, then, shall be my portion There,
When all earth's clouds depart?
Then death all untold bliss will bring ;
And I possest shall be
God's mercy gives to me.
Without Thy blessing Love, O Lord,
My spirit had been lost;
On life's wild ocean tost :
But Thou hast to the Haven blest
Brought in my weary heart; And, full of peace, I rest in Thee,
For Thou my Saviour art.