Why should cross and trial grieve me

Why should cross and trial grieve me. Paul Gerhardt* (1607-1676), translated by John Kelly* (1834-1890). This is a translation of part of Gerhardt’s ‘Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen’*, first published in Johann Crüger* and Christoph Runge*’s D.M. Luthers und andere vornehmen geistrichen und gelehrten Männer geistlicher Lieder und Psalmen (Berlin, 1653) (‘the Crüger-Runge Gesangbuch’); it was then published in the 1656  edition of Crüger’s Praxis Pietatis Melica. Kelly’s translation was made for his Paul Gerhardt’s Spiritual Songs (1867), with a first line, ‘Why should sorrow ever grieve me?’ It was based on Psalm 73: 23: ‘Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my...

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