295. Dearest Jesus, We Are Here

1 Dearest Jesus, we are here,
Gladly your command obeying;
With this child we now draw near
In response to your own saying
That to you it shall be given
As a child and heir of heaven.

2 Lord, your Word is clear and plain,
And we will obey it duly:
"He who is not born again,
Heart and life renewing truly,
Born of water and the Spirit,
Can my kingdom not inherit."

3 Therefore we have come to you,
In our arms this infant bearing.
Here we shall forgiveness view.
May this child, your mercy sharing,
In your arms be shielded ever,
Yours on earth and yours forever.

4 Gracious Head, your member own;
Shepherd, take your lamb and feed it;
Prince of Peace, make here your throne;
Way of life, to heaven lead it.
Precious Vine, let nothing sever
From your side this branch forever.

5 Now into your heart we pour
Prayers that from our hearts proceeded.
Our petitions heav'nward soar;
May our warm desires be heeded!
Write the name we now have given;
Write it in the book of heaven!

Text Information
First Line: Dearest Jesus, we are here
Title: Dearest Jesus, We Are Here
Original Language: German
Author: Benjamin Schmolck, 1672-1737 (abr.)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78 (alt.)
Meter: 78 78 88
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Baptism
Tune Information
Name: LIEBSTER JESU, WIR SIND HIER
Composer: Johann R. Ahle, 1625-73 (alt.)
Meter: 78 78 88
Key: G Major
Notes: Alternate settings: 330, 461



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