For he who clings to goods and might
and worldly honour treasure,
and who disdains his neighbour’s light,
in mockery takes pleasure,
if he in church a pious role
displays, God will not know his soul,
it is an empty gesture.
Grant that my lips hypocrisy
and guile shall ne’er be sounding,
nor pretty words of mine shall be
a wicked thought expounding;
but grant that truthfully I can
love both my God and fellow man
and reap a joy abounding.
Copyright 2000 by Mogens Lemvig Hansen.
You may make copies of this hymn for a single event provided
The canonical tune for this hymn is Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit = Hvad kan os komme til for nød: 42kb .pdf file. The metre is 87.87.887 iambic.
The midi sequence of the tune linked above was kindly provided by Poul Christian Rasmussen. Last revised September 22nd, 2006.