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 would 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.
Shine your heav'nly light anew—
let 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!
Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #648
|First Line:||Blessed Jesus, here we stand|
|German Title:||Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier|
|Author:||Benjamin Schmolck (1704)|