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142. If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee

Text: Georg Neumark, 1621-1681; trans. by Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878
Music: Georg Neumark
Tune: WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT, Meter: 98.98.88

1.	If thou but suffer God to guide thee, 
	and hope in God through all thy ways, 
	God will give strength, whate'er betide thee, 
	and bear thee through the evil days.  
	Who trusts in God's unchanging love 
	builds on the rock that naught can move.

2.	Only be still, and wait God's leisure 
	in cheerful hope, with heart content 
	to take whate'er thy Maker's pleasure 
	and all-discerning love hath sent; 
	we know our inmost wants are known, 
	for we are called to be God's own.

3.	Sing, pray, and keep God's ways unswerving; 
	so do thine own part faithfully, 
	and trust God's word; though undeserving, 
	thou yet shalt find it true for thee.  
	God never yet forsook at need 
	the soul that trusted God indeed.


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