Keep Me Awake

Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, 551

Protect me Lord, I have given myself to you! Though imprisoned with your children, I have resolved to live according to your will. Without you I am nothing!

Only what you, through grace, have made of me, I am. Do not remove your hand from my life! May the ring of your covenant seal me forever in love for you.

Adorn me, among the pious, with the resplendent robe of love and faith. Son of God, fill my heart with comfort and joy. Remove the sour wine of suffering from me! Help me carry the weight of your discipline patiently. I turn to you. Do not turn from me!

Keep me awake! Keep the fire of love burning within me! Then, when the heavens break open, may I rise to be forever with you.   

Hans Schmidt,        -1558, Raiffach, Tirol, Austria

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