Forty Days And Forty Nights

Forty days and forty nights
Thou wast fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights
Tempted, and yet undefiled.

Sunbeams scorching all the day;
Chilly dew-drops nightly shed;
Prowling beasts about Thy way;
Stones Thy pillow; earth Thy bed.

Should not we Thy sorrow share
And from worldly joys abstain,
Fasting with unceasing prayer,
Strong with Thee to suffer pain?

Then if Satan on us press,
Jesus, Savior, hear our call!
Victor in the wilderness,
Grant we may not faint nor fall!

So shall we have peace Divine:
Holier gladness ours shall be;
Round us, too, shall angels shine,
Such as ministered to Thee.

Keep, O keep us, Savior dear,
Ever constant by Thy Side;
That with Thee we may appear
At the eternal Eastertide.

Words: George Hunt Smyttan, 1856.
Music:Aus de Tiefe rufe ich” attr. Martin Herbst (1654-1681).

The text of this verse is rendered thus in the 1867 Version of Hymns Ancient and Modern (Alterations in Italics):

And if Satan, vexing sore,
Flesh or spirit should assail,
Thou, his Vanquisher before,

Grant we may not faint or fail!

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About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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