Hans Sachs

(5 November 1494 – 19 January 1576 / Nuremberg)

Why Art Thou Thus Cast Down, My Heart? - Poem by Hans Sachs

Why art thou thus cast down, my heart?
Why troubled, why dost mourn apart,
O'er nought but earthly wealth?
Trust in thy God, be not afraid,
He is thy Friend who all things made.

Dost think thy prayers He doth not heed?
He knows full well what thou dost need,
And heaven and earth are His;
My Father and my God, who still
Is with my soul in every ill.

Since Thou my God and Father art,
I know Thy faithful loving heart
Will ne'er forget Thy child;
See I am poor, I am but dust,
On earth is none whom I can trust.

The rich man in his wealth confides,
But in my God my trust abides;
Then laugh ye as ye will,
I hold this fast that He hath taught,--
Who trusts in God shall want for nought.

Yes, Lord, Thou art as rich to-day
As Thou hast been and shalt be aye,
I rest on Thee alone;
Thy riches to my soul be given,
And 't is enough for earth and heaven.

What here may shine I all resign,
If the eternal crown be mine,
That through Thy bitter death
Thou gainedst, O Lord Christ, for me--
For this, for this, I cry to Thee!

All wealth, all glories, here below,
The best that this world can bestow,
Silver or gold or lands,
But for a little time is given,
And helps us not to enter heaven.
I thank Thee, Christ, Eternal Lord,
That Thou hast taught me by Thy word
To know this truth and Thee;
O grant me also steadfastness
Thy heavenly kingdom not to miss.

Praise, honour, thanks, to Thee be brought,
For all things in and for me wrought
By Thy great mercy, Christ.
This one thing only still I pray,
Oh cast me ne'er from Thee away

Comments about Why Art Thou Thus Cast Down, My Heart? by Hans Sachs

  • (6/26/2017 12:28:00 AM)

    This is typical of christian thought. This world is not worthy; the one to come is the one to wish for. trust in God and all is well. Riches and men of riches lead to hell and so on with this theme. There is nothing hard to understand in this poem. The diction is quite simple. I feel that the language is religious cliche most of the time, but perhaps the man is talking from his heart. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/25/2017 11:32:00 PM)

    A great classic poem, full of devotion and trust in the majesty of the merciful Lord Christ.. Thanks for posting it here. (Report) Reply

  • Kinyua Karanja (6/25/2017 9:39:00 PM)

    Classic poem few of which could be found today. Very nice I love it (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/25/2017 6:20:00 PM)

    Thy heavenly kingdom not to miss.... Thanks for posting🤓🤓🤓 (Report) Reply

  • Joshua Adeyemi (6/25/2017 2:02:00 PM)

    Wealth perish.... But they that did God cherish... Will he replenish.. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/25/2017 4:31:00 AM)

    My heart! ! Facing the ways of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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