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The wandering star the fleeting wind Are




The wandering star and fleeting wind
Are emblems of the fickle mind;
The morning cloud and early dew
Bring our inconstancy to view.


But cloud and wind, and dew and star,
Only a faint resemblance bear;
Nor can there aught in nature be
So changeable and frail as we.


Our outward walk and inward frame
Are scarcely through an hour the same;
We vow, and straight our vows forget,
And then those very vows repeat.


We sin forsake, to sin return;
Are hot, then cold, now freeze, now burn;
In deep distress, then raptures feel,
We soar to heaven, then sink to hell.


With flowing tears, Lord, we confess
Our folly and unsteadfastness;
When shall these hearts more stable be,
Fixed by thy grace alone on thee!


---Alternative verses---


With contrite hearts, Lord, we confess
Our folly and unsteadfastness;
When shall these hearts more stable be,
Fixed by thy grace alone on thee!

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1818
      Bible Refs: Is 64:6; Ho 6:4;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1851# 350
      1818# 515
      MUSIC
      Name: HERR JESU CHRIST DICH ZU UNS
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1628
        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 23 No key
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