If thou but suffer God to guide thee (Georg Neumark)
- Editor: Gabrael StClair (submitted 2018-02-26). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 181 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: The piece is of course public domain, and may be sung gratis. Please cite source for this arrangement. Thanks!
Title: If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee
Composer: Georg Neumark
Lyricist: Georg Neumark
Number of voices: 3vv Voicing: SAB
Genre: Sacred, Chorale
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 2018
Description: Text and melody by Georg Neumark, 1657. English translation by Catherine Winkworth, 1858. Arranged for 3 voices by Gabrael StClair and Jane Lynch based on Bach, Orgelwerke, 52 and 53.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten.
1. If thou but suffer God to guide thee
And hope in Him through all thy ways,
He'll give thee strength, whate'er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days.
Who trusts in God's unchanging love
Builds on the rock that nought can move.
2. What can these anxious cares avail thee?
These never-ceasing moans and sighs?
What can it help if thou bewail thee?
O'er each dark moment as it flies.
Our cross and trials do but press
The heavier for our bitterness.
3. Only be still and wait His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate’er thy Father’ pleasure
And alldeserving love hath sent,
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him Who chose us for His own.