Friedrich Silcher: So nimm denn meine Hände
Sirventes Berlin

1 O take my hand, dear Father, and lead thou me,
Till at my journey’s ending I dwell with thee.
Alone I cannot wander one single day,
So do thou guide my footsteps on life’s rough way.

2 O cover with thy mercy my poor, weak heart,
Lest I in joy or sorrow from thee depart.
Permit thy child to linger here at thy feet,
Thy goodness blindly trusting with faith complete.

3 Though oft thy power but faintly may stir my soul,
With thee, my Light in darkness, I reach the goal.
Take then my hand, dear Father, and lead thou me,
Till at my journey’s ending I dwell with Thee.

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