All Depends On Our Possessing

1. All depends on our possessing God's abundant grace and blessing, Though all earthly wealth depart. He who trusts with faith unshaken In His God is not forsaken And e'er keeps a dauntless heart.

2. He who hitherto hath fed me And to many joys hath led me, Is and ever shall be mine. He who did so gently school me, He who still doth guide and rule me, Will remain my Help divine.

3. Many spend their lives in fretting Over trifles and in getting Things that have no solid ground. I shall strive to win a treasure That will bring me lasting pleasure And that now is seldom found.

4. When with sorrow I am stricken, Hope my heart anew will quicken, All my longing shall be stilled. To His loving— kindness tender Soul and body I surrender; For in Him alone I build.

5. Well He knows what best to grant me; All the longing hopes that haunt me, Joy and sorrow, have their day. I shall doubt His wisdom never, As God wills, so be it ever, I to Him commit my way.

6. If on earth my days He lengthen, He my weary soul will strengthen; All my trust in Him I place. Earthly wealth is not abiding, Like a stream away is gliding; Safe I anchor in His grace.

Words: unknown circa 1673. Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1858.
Music: 'Alles ist an Gottes Segen' Johann Balthasar K├Ânig, 1738.
Setting: "Chorale Book for England", 1863, alt.
copyright: public domain. This score is a part of the Open Hymnal Project, 2005 Revision.

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