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The Hymns and Hymn Writers of The Church
Charles S. Nutter & Wilbur F. Tillett, 1911

This is called Gerhardt’s “Hymn of Trust.” It is from the German, “Befiehl du deine wege.” The translation contains sixteen verses. These are the first five and the seventh. It was doubtless written by him when he was suffering wrongfully for “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

Wesley published this translation in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739), with the title: “Trust in Providence.” Many translations of this hymn have been made, but this is the most popular of them all.

Gerhardt was the prince of German hymnists, and this is his finest hymn. It has comforted and inspired many sad hearts.

The Hymns and Hymn Writers of The Church
Charles S. Nutter & Wilbur F. Tillett, 1911

Part of the same translation from the German as Hymn No. 435 (Commit Thou All Thy Griefs). These are stanzas nine to fourteen, unaltered.

Gerhardt was one of the princes of German hymn-writers, and Wesley an incomparable translator. Probably no hymn ever written has given more comfort to the afflicted or more courage to the dying. Its usefulness is unquestionable.

#HymnalShort NameTitleAuthorTuneComposerVerses
313aChurch Hymnal (Ireland), 1891ICH95Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt, 1653, Translation by Rev. John Wesley, 1739ColchesterAnonymous, circa 17704
358bChurch Praise, 1907CP07Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791), selectedSouthwellDamon’s Psalms, 15797
358aChurch Praise, 1907CP07Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791), selectedSt. AndrewSir Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)7
399Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, 1918CSB18Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt, 1653, Translation by Rev. John Wesley, 1739ThessalonicaFrom the German, Adapted by Sir John Goss, 18644
467bCongregational Hymnary, 1916CH16Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)BethlehemSamuel Wesley (1766-1837)4
467aCongregational Hymnary, 1916CH16Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)BonarCharles Steggall (1826-1905)4
277The Church Hymnary (Scotland), 1898TCH98Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)NarenzaCologne Gesangbuch, 1619, setting by Rev. William H. Havergal (1793-1870)7
538The Hymnal (Presbyterian), 1895THP95Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt, 1656, Translation by Rev. John Wesley, 1739ThatcherArranged from George F. Handel, 17327
528The Hymnal Revised (Presbyterian), 1911THR11Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt, 1656, Translation by Rev. John Wesley, 1739St. GeorgeHenry J. Gauntlett, 18487
480The Methodist Hymn-Book, 1904MHB04Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) from Crüger’s Praxis Pietatis Melica, 1656, Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791) from Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739St. GeorgeHenry J. Gauntlett, 18527
435The Methodist Hymnal, 1905TMH05Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)SchumannArranged from Robert Schumann (1810-1856)6
197bThe Oxford Hymn Book, 1908OHB08Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paulus Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)SouthwellRavenscroft’s Psalter, 1621, Modern version.5
197aThe Oxford Hymn Book, 1908OHB08Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paulus Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)SouthwellRavenscroft’s Psalter, 1621, Harmonization adapted from Martin Peirson (c. 1590-c. 1651)5
281The Presbyterian Book of Praise, 1897PBP97Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)St. OlaveHenry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876)7
449The Presbyterian Hymnal, 1874TPH74Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt, 1656, Translation by Rev. John Wesley, 1739SteibeltDaniel Steibelt (1765-1823)5
037The Primitive Methodist Hymnal, 1889PMH89Commit Thou All Thy GriefsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)SouthportRev. J. Davies7
313bChurch Hymnal (Ireland), 1891ICH95Give to the Winds Thy FearsRev. Paul Gerhardt, 1653, Translation by Rev. John Wesley, 1739AbanaRev. William H. Havergal, 18455
400Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, 1918CSB18Give to the Winds Thy FearsRev. Paul Gerhardt, 1653, Translation by Rev. John Wesley, 1739ThessalonicaFrom the German, Adapted by Sir John Goss, 18644
481The Methodist Hymn-Book, 1904MHB04Give to the Winds Thy FearsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) from Crüger’s Praxis Pietatis Melica, 1656, Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791) from Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739TrenthamRobert Jackson (1842-1914)8
437The Methodist Hymnal, 1905TMH05Give to the Winds Thy FearsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)St. GeorgeHenry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876)6
365The New Psalms and Hymns, 1901NPH01Give to the Winds Thy FearsRev. Paul Gerhardt, 1656, Translation by Rev. John Wesley, 1739GreenwoodJoseph E. Sweetser, 18494
282The Presbyterian Book of Praise, 1897PBP97Give to the Winds Thy FearsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)OlmutzGregorian, Arranged by Lowell Mason (1792-1872)6
446The Presbyterian Hymnal, 1874TPH74Give to the Winds Thy FearsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676)BraltonLowell Mason (1792-1872)4
038The Primitive Methodist Hymnal, 1889PMH89Give to the Winds Thy FearsRev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Translation by Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791)SouthportRev. J. Davies8
410bHymns Ancient and Modern, New Edition, 1904HAM04Put Thou Thy Trust in GodRev. John Wesley (1703-1791) and others: from the German of Rev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676)AberystwythRev. Sir Frederick A. G. Ouseley (1825-1889)4
410aHymns Ancient and Modern, New Edition, 1904HAM04Put Thou Thy Trust in GodRev. John Wesley (1703-1791) and others: from the German of Rev. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676)BirminghamJohn Stanley (1713-1789)4
281bThe Oxford Hymn Book, 1908OHB08Put Thou Thy Trust in GodRev. John Wesley (1703-1791)LeipzigJacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)4
281aThe Oxford Hymn Book, 1908OHB08Put Thou Thy Trust in GodRev. John Wesley (1703-1791)BowdenAnonymous, Harmonization by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)4

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1Commit thou all thy griefs
And ways into His hands,
To His sure truth and tender care
Who earth and heaven commands;
2Who points the clouds their course,
Whom winds and seas obey,
He shall direct thy wandering feet,
He shall prepare thy way.
3Thou on the Lord rely,
So, safe, shalt thou go on;
Fix on His work thy steadfast eye,
So shall thy work be done.
4No profit canst thou gain
By self-consuming care;
To Him commend thy cause; His ear
Attends the softest prayer.
5Thy everlasting truth,
Father, Thy ceaseless love,
Sees all Thy children’s wants, and knows
What best for each will prove.
6Thou everywhere hast sway,
And all things serve Thy might;
Thy every act pure blessing is,
Thy path unsullied light. Amen.
1Commit thou all thy griefs
And ways into His hands,
To His sure truth and tender care,
Who earth and heaven commands.
2Who points the clouds their course,
Whom winds and seas obey,
He shall direct thy wandering feet,
He shall prepare thy way.
3Thou on the Lord rely;
So safe shalt thou go on:
Fix on His work thy steadfast eye;
So shall thy work be done.
4Thou seest our weakness, Lord;
Our hearts are known to Thee:
Oh lift Thou up the sinking hand,
Confirm the feeble knee!
5Let us, in life, in death,
Thy steadfast truth declare,
And publish, with our latest breath,
Thy love and guardian care.
BookReferenceBible Text
1 Chronicles22:13Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
Esther9:22As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.
Psalm27:14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalm37:3Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Psalm37:5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psalm42:5,115 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. 11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psalm55:22Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Psalm93:1The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
Proverbs16:3Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Isaiah40:28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
Isaiah45:22Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Isaiah55:9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Lamentations3:26It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Daniel4:35And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Matthew6:25-3425 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Matthew8:26And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Philippians4:6,76 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians4:7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Hebrews12:11-1311 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
1 Peter4:19Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
1 Peter5:7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.