An Evening Hymn

Original German Text: Leipzig, 1597

Music by Ron Klusmeier
English Translation by Fred Kaan

Lyrics as Poetry

You are on earth, Companion Christ,
of all the treasures that exist,
most precious for possession,
and every day, befall what may,
you are my heart’s confession.

Of all that lives, on earth, above,
none can exceed your faithful love,
and I am well persuaded
that all of life and even death
are by your love pervaded.

Your word is true, it cannot lie,
and on its promise I rely
in every day’s endeavor.
Your word is true, I turn to you;
your love will last forever.

To you, O Christ, as day departs,
now with each rhythm of my heart,
I give myself for keeping.
Let then your light be round me bright,
and guard my soul while sleeping.

Words by
Fred Kaan
Copyright © 1972, 2001 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA and Canada
Copyright © 1972, 2001 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

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sung by Sheelah Megill
Piano Introduction
followed by all four verses.

Note: The 4th ending of this sample is abbreviated, without the tag ending.

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Commitment, Dedication
  • Companion
  • Evening
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Prayer
  • Trust

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