There Is within This Heart of Mine

Tune: Mir ist ein geistlich Kirchelein

  1. There is within this heart of mine
    A little church, with sacred shrine,
    And stained forever with the blood
    Of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

  2. Here dwelleth God the Father, Son,
    And Holy Spirit, Three in One;
    He is my soul’s beloved Guest,
    And grants my heart true peace and rest.

  3. This little church looks poor and odd;
    But being the abode of God
    It has a glorious, peerless grace:
    It is God’s royal dwelling-place.

  4. This little church, Lord, I commend
    Unto Thy care, and pray: Defend
    And shield it from calamity,
    Dwell there now and eternally.

Mir ist ein geistlich Kirchelein
B. Derschau, †1639 (after the Latin of B. Walther)
Tr. August Crull, 1890
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1927, No. 280

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