Thursday, 16 April 2015

A 1681 'cri de cœur' from Thomas Kingo


Hierte-Suk

Aldrig er jeg uden Vaade,
Aldrig dog foruden Naade:
     Altid har jeg Suk og Vee,
     Altid kand dog JESUM see:
Altid trykker mine Synder,
Altid JEsus Hielp tilskynder:
     Altid er jeg udi Tvang,
     Altid er jeg fuld af Sang:
Nu i Sorrig, nu i Glæde,
Nu i Fald og nu i Sæde:
     Ofte fuld af stor Uroo,
     Altid fuld af JEsu Troo!
Saa er Sorg og Glæde lenked,
Saa er Begeret iskienked
     I mit Levnets Omgangs Skaal,
     Slig er mine Levnets Maal!
Men, O JEsu, jeg vil græde,
Hielp Du til at Troens Glæde
     Fra min Synd og Sorrig maa
     Altid Over-vegten faa!


Heartfelt sigh

Never troubles fail to hurt me,
Never though does grace desert me:
     Ever sighs and pain accrue,
     Ever JESUS though I view:
Ever sins me vex and chasten,
Ever Christ to help will hasten:
     Ever cares on me do throng.
     Ever I am full of song:
Now grief-laden, now quite cheerful,
Now crestfallen, now unfearful:
     Often by unrest enticed,
     Always full of faith in Christ!
Thus is sorrow mixed with pleasure,
Thus my cup receives due measure
     In my life’s allotted span,
     Such is my life’s certain plan!
But, O Christ, on you I’m calling:
By your grace keep me from falling,
     That the joys of true faith may
     Always sin and grief outweigh!

1 comment:

David C Brown said...

Very good - that's the Christian experience.