Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille

Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille. Paul Gerhardt* (1607-1676). First published in Johann Georg Ebeling*’s Pauli Gerhardti Geistliche Andachten (1666-67), in fifteen 9-line stanzas, all of which are found in EG in the ‘Angst und Vertrauen’ (‘anxiety and trust’) section (EG 371). It was entitled ‘Der 37 Psalm (Vers 7)’, and the hymn’s theme is from Psalm 37: 7, ‘Rest in the Lord’. Every stanza ends ‘Gib dich zufrieden!’ (‘be contented!’): the reader or singer is reminded that God hears the sighs of the soul (‘die Seufzer deiner Seelen’, verse 5), and the hymn as a whole follows the psalm in counselling the Christian not to be too anxious in the face of the problems of life (cf. ‘Befiehl du...

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