While Yet the Morn is Breaking

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Melody - "Geduld, die soll'n wir haben", from the Geistliche Lieder, Frankfurt, 1607; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Johannes Mühlmann, 1618; German text

While yet the morn is breaking,
I thank my God once more,
Beneath whose care awaking,
I find the night is o'er,
I thank Him that He calls me
To life and health anew;
I know, whate'er befalls me,
His care will still be true.

2. O Israel's Guardian, hear me,
Watch over me this day;
In all I do be near me,
For others, too, I pray;
To Thee I would commend them,
Our Church, our youth, our land,
Direct them and defend them
When dangers are at hand.

3. And gently grant Thy blessing
That we may do Thy will,
No more Thy ways transgressing,
Our proper task fulfil,
With Peter's full assurance
Let down our nets again,
Success will crown endurance
If faithful we remain.

4. Thou art the Vine, - oh, nourish
The branches graft in Thee
And let them grow and flourish,
A fair and fruitful tree.
Thy Spirit pour within us
And let His gifts of grace
To such good actions win us
As best may show Thy praise.

5. O gracious Lord, direct us,
Thy doctrine pure defend,
From heresies protect us,
And for Thy Word contend
That we may praise Thee ever,
O God, with one accord
And say: The Lord, our Savior,
Be evermore adored.

6. Oh, grant us peace and gladness,
Give us our daily bread,
Shield us from grief and sadness,
On us Thy blessings shed.
Grant that our whole behavior,
In truth and righteousness,
May praise Thee, Lord, our Savior,
Whose holy name we bless.

7. With craftiness unceasing
Strives Satan to restrain
What in Thy sight is pleasing
And for Thy Church is gain;
Yet vain is his endeavor,
For Thou, O Christ, our Lord,
Dost rule all things forever
By Thine almighty Word.

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