Hymn #29: Be Still, My Soul

Original title: Stille, meine Wille, dein Jesus hilft siegen

Lyrics: Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, 1752. Translated from German to English by Jane Borthwick, 1855.

Music: FINLANDIA by John SIbelius, 1899.

Theme: And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. I Peter 5:10.

From this sermon at the website An Infant in a Cradle:

“Be Still, My Soul,” (this text and tune) was the favorite hymn of Eric Liddell. He is perhaps most best known for refusing to run on Sunday in the 1924 Olympics (a story made famous in the film, Chariots of Fire). But, later in life, Liddell would become a missionary to China. During World War II, he was captured and imprisoned in a prisoner of war camp, where he would eventually die of a brain tumor.

It was this hymn that he taught to the other prisoners in the camp to provide comfort and hope, to strengthen their faith. In the midst of change and tears, disappointment, grief and fear, Liddell remembered and taught others that the day was coming when all that would be gone, and Jesus Christ would remain forever.

Be still my soul – the Lord is on thy side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to thy God to order and provide;
in every change – he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul – thy best thy heavenly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know His voice
Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still my soul – when dearest friends depart,
and all is darkened in the vale of tears,
then shalt thou better know his love – his heart,
who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul – the waves and winds still know
his voice who ruled them – while he dwelt below.

Be still my soul the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord,
when disappointment – grief and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot – love’s purest joys restored,.
Be still my soul – when change and tears are past,
all safe and blessed – we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy works and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well-pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

7 thoughts on “Hymn #29: Be Still, My Soul

  1. Valerie

    Thanks for this. This song was in my head this morning and here I found it and was able to listen to 2nd chapter’s beautiful version. great way to start my day.

  2. This is one of my wife’s most beloved hymns, but neither of us had ever seen the fifth verse you have here, and we really like it. I’ve seen the third verse occasionally, but the vast majority of hymnals I’ve consulted only give three verses (your first, second and fourth). Thanks so much for the last one.

    Leland

  3. Crystal

    Beautiful rendition of a marvelous hymn! God used it to speak to my soul!

  4. Crystal

    Beautiful rendition of a marvelous hymn that God used to speak to my soul! This page is bookmarked!

  5. CHARLES OWEN BALDWIN

    ABUNDANT, BODACIOUS, & ETERNAL GRATITUDE for SHARING this most MAGNIFICENT, HEART WARMING, STIRRING, HEALING, PRAISE TO GOD, WHO IS ONLY LOVE. I AM TRULY GRATEFUL. I Heard this music on a talk show from the LIVING MIRACLES MONASTERY near Duschene UT.

    I am sooooooooooo moved, overflowing tears of JOY & GRATITUDE, as I listen to this VOICE for GOD. ETERNAL THANKS, PEACE, FORGIVENESS, LAUGHTER, AND LOVE.
    chas

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