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FW: A Hymn As We Approach the End of the Church Year
Feed: Cyberbrethren Lutheran Blog Feed Posted on: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 5:31 AM Author: Paul T. McCain Subject: A Hymn As We Approach the End of the Church Year
As we approach the end of the Christian Church year, the lectionary turns our thoughts to the time of Christ's blessed return. From Matthew Carver's Hymnoglypt blog: Here is hymn #432 in Walther's hymnal, "Die Zeit ist nunmehr nah" (P. Gerhardt, 1653), translated by J. Kelly, formerly appointed for Trinity XXVII (Matt. XV). I offer my own emendation, update, and recommended cento (about 3 minutes instead of 4 minutes). Schamelius (the first publisher) gave it the title: "Sweet Thoughts on the Entrance to Eternal Life at Christ's Last Coming." Here is the tune.
Tune: Auf meinen lieben Gott.
THE TIME is very near When, Lord, You will be here; The signs of which You've spoken Your advent should betoken; We've seen them oft fulfilling In number beyond telling.
2. What shall I do then, Lord, But rest upon Your Word, The promise You have given That You will come from heaven, Me from the grave deliver And from all woe forever?
3. O Jesus Christ, how fair Will be my portion there! The welcome You'll address me, Your glances, how they'll bless me, When I, the earth forsaking, My flight to You am taking.
4. Oh, what will be the word You'll speak, my Shepherd Lord! What will be then Your greeting, Me and my brethren meeting? Your members You will own us, And near Yourself enthrone us.
(5) 7. I'll see then and adore Your body's bruises sore, Whereon our faith is founded— The prints of nails that wounded Your hands and feet be greeting, Your gaze with rapture meeting.
(6) 8. O Lord, alone You know, The joys so pure that flow In life's unfailing river In paradise forever, You can portray and show them: By faith alone I know them.
(7) 9. What I've believed stands sure, And shall remain secure; My part that wealth surpasses Which here the rich amasses; All other wealth will wither, My portion holds together.
(8) 11. You'll say, "Come, taste and see, O child beloved by Me, Come, taste the gifts so precious I and my Father gracious Can give you without measure, Come, bask in endless pleasure!"
(9) 16. How sad, O Lord, am I, Till I shall see on high You come in glory hither To bring Your Church together; Were You but now revealing Yourself, my wish fulfilling!
(10) 17. The time is known to You; This is my action due: To be prepared for going, And all things so be doing, That every moment even My heart may be in heaven.
(11) 18. This grant, Lord, and me bless, That so Your truth and grace May keep me ever waking, Lest Your day, overtaking Me unawares, affright me, But may, O Lord, delight me.
Translation J. Kelly, alt. by M. Carver, 2011.
J. KELLY'S FULL TRANSLATION:
THE TIME is very near When, Lord, Thou wilt be here The signs whereof Thou'st spoken Thine advent should betoken, We've seen them oft fulfilling In number beyond telling.