Christ Will Gather In His Own

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

Christ will gather in His Own
To the place where He is gone,
Where their heart and treasure lie,
Where our Life is hid on high.

Day by day the Voice saith, “Come,
Enter thine eternal Home;”
Asking not if we can spare
This dear soul it summons there.

Had He asked us, well we know
We should cry, “O spare this blow!”
Yes, with streaming tears should pray,
“Lord, we love him,—let him stay.”

But the Lord doth nought amiss,
And, since He hath ordered this,
We have nought to do, but still
Rest in silence on His Will.

Many a heart no longer here
Ah! was all too inly dear;—
Yet, O Love! ’tis Thou dost call,
Thou wilt be our All in all! Amen.

Words: Nikolaus von Zinzendorf, 1754; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1858.
Tune:Heinlein attr. Martin Herbst, 1676.

Here is the original German text of this hymn (According to Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867), verses 1,3,4,5 are by Count Zinzendorf and Verse 2 dates to 1778 by Christian Gregor:

Aller Glaub’gen Sammelplatz
Ist da, wo ihr Herz und Schatz,
Wo ihr Heiland Jesus Christ
Und ihr Leben hier schon ist.

Eins geht da, das And’re dort
In die ew’ge Heimath fort,
Ungefragt, ob Die und Der
Uns nicht hier noch nützlich war.

Hätte uns der Herr gefragt,
Ach was hätten wir gesagt,
“Theure Seele,—Lass sie hier!”
Bäten dann mit Thränen wir.

Doch der Herr kann nichts verseh’n:
Und, wenn es nun doch gescheh’n,
Hat man nichts dabei zu thun,
Als zu schweigen und zu ruh’n.

Manches Herz, das nicht mehr da
Geht uns freilich innig nah’;
Doch, O Liebe! wir sind Dein,
Und Du willst uns Alles sein!


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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