Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) Tr. Fred Pratt Green and Keith Clements English versification *© Copyright Stainer & Bell Ltd. Adapted by permission of SCM Press from Bonhoeffer’s ‘Powers of Good’, Letters and Papers from Prison, 1971

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By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered
and confidently waiting, come what may,
we know that God is with us night and morning,
and never fails to meet us each new day.

Yet are our hearts by their old foe tormented;
still evil days bring burdens hard to bear;
O give our frightened souls the sure salvation
for which, O Lord, you taught us to prepare.

And when the cup you give is filled to brimming
with bitter suffering, hard to understand,
we take it gladly, trusting though with trembling,
out of so good and so beloved a hand.

If once again, in this mixed world, you give us
the joy we had, the brightness of your sun,
we shall recall what we have learned through sorrow,
and dedicate our lives to you alone.