Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Be Still, My Soul

This hymn has been Ed's favorite for years. When I went looking for the words to share with you, I found that the original poem had two additional verses that I never remember seeing in a hymn book. I'm listing the entire poem here.

Be Still, My Soul
by Katharina A. von Schlegel
Translated by Jane L. Borthwick

  1. 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 heav’nly Friend
    Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
  2. 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.
  3. 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: thy Jesus can repay
    From His own fullness all He takes away.
  4. Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning 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.
  5. Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
    On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
    Acknowledge Him in all thy words 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.

I've included a video if you want to listen as well as read. If you are viewing by email you may need to click over to the blog.


  1. "Thy Jesus can repay from His own fullness all He takes away."

    My head knows this to be true, but my heart aches at the painful ways He teaches us this truth. We lose so that we may gain. Thank you for including the additional verses. They were new to me, too.

  2. Gina, this poem/song is so beautiful. I needed to hear this today. Thank you so much for sharing. We all need to remember to be still & know that He is God, that He will take care of us, meet our needs, & never leave us or forsake us. God bless you all.

  3. Those last two lines in the third stanza - which is new to me- are glorious! I tend to focus on what is lost... (sigh!). God makes no mistakes.Many blessings to your dear family.

  4. What a beautiful and perfect hymn! Words that equip, sooth and remind us of His love. Thank you Gina, for updates. We are all proclaiming His Word..that "God is with you" and rejoicing that His blessing, healing, comfort, help, hope and joy are certainly with you daily. Hugggs

  5. I have always loved this hymn and remember singing it with my dear Mom who is now gone. Thank you and please know that our prayers are with your family.

  6. I'm with Ed; this is a favorite of mine too! And thank you for posting all the stanzas, reminding us to "begin the song of praise on earth." - Suz

  7. Thank you for posting this. As I type my tears are flowing, we just found out this week that my dad has cancer and it's so hard. But I know that God is with us. ❤ blessings to you and peace for each day.

  8. This has always been a favorite of mine, Gina. I have never heard the third stanza before, and it is just beautiful. My dad passed away last week at nearly 94. The graveside service is this weekend and I am so blessed to be reminded of this hymn today. The video is gorgeous too. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Gina,Thank you for this,one of my most favorites. I too never knew there were more verses. I am so blessed by your writings, I rarely comment but read every posting. Praying for your beautiful family.God is able.Dawn E. Brown

  10. I have never heard this hymn whoever I am greatly impressed. Such beautiful words with a meaning that seeped into my soul. I hope that Ed continues to improve and I think it such a good example how people have rallied around you, best wishes from Judi

  11. Thank you for your wonderful posts even through this trying-testing trial. This is one of my favorite hymns also. Thank you for being such a light to so many of us. Ed and your family continue to be in my prayers multiple times a day.

  12. That is a beautiful hymn. Thank you. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer on April 21. My surgery was on May 3. I had a good outcome. The cancer was all inside, but was almost halfway through the uterine wall. I have a couple more tests to make sure it is gone for good. Praying for you and your husband. Hope you have a good outcome too. My Mom had stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer 18 yrs ago. She is a walking miracle at 78 yrs old. Keep fighting! ~Diane

  13. Thank you for sharing this, Gina. Amazingly I am listing to Pandora on my iPad while checking blog posts and at the moment 'God Is Able' is playing. How appropriate. I continue to pray for your family. Big hugs from Australia.

  14. 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.

    I found this to be true and I pray you do too. This is a beautiful hymn.

  15. Beautiful! I needed to hear this today as I got diagnosed with melanoma yesterday. What a comfort the Lord is.

  16. I've never heard of this hymn before. Thank-you for introducing me to this beautiful, rich hymn! I printed the lyrics and hope to have my daughter learn it to sing at church in a few weeks. We will remember to pray for your family when we sing it!

  17. One of the first times I heard/ sang this song was about 24 years ago when your in-laws held a singing at their farm. Be Still My Soul is a very meaningful song and encourages many of us in many different ways.

  18. It's very interesting that you mention this song, because I just found the verse you mentioned about "when dearest friends depart," but I never heard of the last verse you mentioned. I really like this song...I'm keeping you and your family in prayer.

  19. Do you by chance have a caringbridge site?

    1. No. At this point we are using this blog to share updates.

  20. Prayed for you when I awoke in the night. Many times a day, God brings you to mind...............O Father, we cry out to You....

  21. I stumbled upon your blog today. I have read in the past and enjoyed the posts of your simple, love filled family days. I know how difficult this time is for you and your family. I want you to know I am praying for strength and wisdom as you navigate this difficult passage of time. There truly is a peace that passes understanding, and with God central in all you do, He will provide all you need, but I think you already know this. Peace to you.


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