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J. Wolff, 1569

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7 When my last hour is close at hand, Lord Je-sus Christ, at - tend me;

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Be - side my bed, my Sav-ior, stand, To com-fort, help, de - fend me:

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2 Countless as sands upon the shore,

My sins are thronging round me; But though they grieve and wound

me sore, They cannot yet confound me; My sins are numberless, I know, But o'er them all Thy blood doth flow,

Thy wounds and death uphold me. 3 Lord, Thou hast joined my soul to

Thine,
In bonds no power can sever;
Grafted in Thee, the living vine,

I shall be Thine for ever:
Lord, when I die, I die to Thee,
Thy precious death hath won for me

A life that never endeth.

4 Since Thou hast risen from the grave,

The grave cannot detain me; “Christ died,”—“Christ rose again”

to save, These words shall still sustain me; For where Thou art, there I shall be, That I may ever live with Thee:

This is my joy in dying. 5 To Thee, Lord Jesus Christ, I will

With arms outstretched betake me; I sleep in Thee-so sound-so still,

No mortal man can wake me! For Jesus Christ, Gods Son, I wait To open me the heavenly gate, Which leads to life eternal.

N. Hermann, 1562

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2 For Christ, my Lord and brother,

I leave this world so dim,
And gladly seek that other,

Where I shall be with Him.
3 My woes are nearly over,

Though long and dark the road;
My sin His merits cover,

And I have peace with God.
4 Lord, when my powers are failing

My breath comes heavily,
And words are unavailing,

O hear my sighs to Thee!
5 When mind and thought, O Savior,

Are flickering, like a light,
That to and fro doth waver,

Ere 'tis extinguished quite;
6 In that last hour, O grant me

To slumber soft and still,
No doubts to vex or haunt me,

Safe anchored on Thy will;
7 And so to Thee still cleaving

Through all death's agony,
To fall asleep believing,

And wake in heaven with Thee.
8 Amen! Thou Christ, my Savior,

Wilt grant this unto me:
Thy Spirit lead me ever,
That I fare happily.

Anon., German, 1609

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2 Far off I see my fatherland,

Where through Thy grace I hope to stand,
But ere I reach that paradise,

A weary way before me lies.
3 My heart sinks at the journey's length,

My wasted flesh has little strength,
Only my soul still cries in me,

Lord, fetch me home, take me to Thee!
4 O let Thy sufferings give me power

To meet the last and darkest hour;
Thy cross the staff whereon I lean,

My couch the grave where Thou hast been.
5 Since Thou hast died, the pure, the just,

I take my homeward way in trust,
The gates of heaven, Lord, open wide,

When here I may no more abide.
6 And when the last great day is come,

And Thou, our Judge, shalt speak the doom,
Let me with joy behold the light,

And set me then upon Thy right.
7 Renew this wasted flesh of mine,

That like the sun it there may shine,
Among the angels pure and bright,

Yea, like Thyself in glorious light.
8 Ah, then I have my heart's desire,

When singing with the angels' choir,
Among the ransomed of Thy grace,
For ever I behold Thy face!

M. Behm, 1610

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2 0 Jesus Christ, Thou Lamb of God,

Once slain to take away our load;
Now let Thy cross, Thine agony,
Avail to save and solace me;
Thy death to open heaven, and there

Bid me the joy of angels share.
3 O Holy Spirit, at the end,

Sweet Comforter, be Thou my friend;
When death and hell assail me sore,
Leave me, O leave me nevermore,
But bear me safely through the strife,
As Thou hast promised, into life!

N. Selnecker, 1572

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