“Yea, as I live,” thy Maker saith,
“I do not wish the sinner’s death;
Far more is this my wish and will,
That from all sin he keep him still,
From ev’ry evil turn and flee,
And live with Me eternally.”
O man! this word prevail with thee,
Despair not in iniquity,
Lay hold on this free offered grace,
Confirmed by surest promises,
Nay, sealed with God’s most solemn oath.
Blest all who their transgressions loathe!
Yet, O beware! Think not, secure:
“God’s grace I always can procure;
I’ll first partake of youthful mirth,
Till I’m convinced how vain this earth,
Then shall my serious thoughts begin
To seek God’s pardon for my sin.”
True, God is ready with His grace
Repenting sinners to embrace,
Yet, who runs up his sinful score
On grace, till he can find no more,
Will learn, to his amazing cost,
Long-suff’ring mercy may be lost.
Mercy thy God has promised thee
For Christ, His blood and agony,
Yet in His Word did never say
That thou shouldst live another day.
That thou must die He hath revealed,
But death’s dark hour to thee’s concealed.
Today thou liv’st, today repent,
Lest all thy life should be misspent.
Who laughs today, looks fair and red,
Tomorrow may be sick or dead.
If, then, thou diest impenitent,
Thou’lt be where flames fore’er torment.
O blessed Jesus, grant I may
Return to Thee this very day
And live in constant penitence,
Till death appears to call me hence,
That I in ev’ry time and place
Be well prepared to end my race.
So wahr ich lebe, spricht dein Gott
Johann Heermann, 1630
Tr. John Christian Jacobi, Psalmodia Germanica, 1732, p. 93, alt.
Source: Hymnal for Evangelical Lutheran Missions, 1905, No. 110, alt.
German Text (coming soon)
Author: Johann Heermann
Source: Devoti Musica Cordis, 1630, p. 1