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428. Though in midst of life we be

1 Though in the midst of life we be,
Snares of death surround us;
Where shall we for succor flee,
Lest our foes confound us?
To Thee alone, our Savior!
We mourn our grievous sin which hath
Stirred the fire of Thy fierce wrath.
Holy and gracious God!
Holy and mighty God!
Holy and all-merciful Savior!
Thou eternal God!
Save us, Lord, from sinking
In the deep and bitter flood.
Kyrie eleison.

2 While in midst of death we be,
Hell's grim jaws o'ertake us;
Who from such distress will free,
Who secure will make us?
Thou only, Lord, canst do it!
It moves Thy tender heart to see
Our great sin and misery.
Holy and gracious God!
Holy and mighty God!
Holy and all-merciful Savior!
Thou eternal God!
Let not hell dismay us
With its deep and burning flood.
Kyrie eleison.

3 Into hell's fierce agony
Sin doth headlong drive us;
Where shall we for succor flee,
Who, O who will hide us?
Thou only, blessed Savior!
Thy precious blood was shed to win
Peace and pardon for our sin.
Holy and gracious God!
Holy and mighty God!
Holy and all-merciful Savior!
Let us not, we pray,
From the true Faith's comfort
In our last need fall away.
Kyrie eleison.

Text Information
First Line: Though in midst of life we be
Author: Dr. Martin Luther (1524)
Translator: Richard Massie (1857)
Meter: No. 83
Language: English
Publication Date: 1908
Topic: Christian Life and Hope: The Consummation: Contemplation of Death
Notes: From the German text: Mitten wir im leben sind
Tune Information
Name: INTERCESSION (Stärk uns, Mittler, dein sind wir)
Composer: Justin Heinrich Knecht (1793)
Key: B♭ Major



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