(Translated by Dr. James Vanderlaan, Illinois State University)
Lord, take this years burden, too
And change it into blessing.
Now that yourself have shown
The center firm in Jesus Christ,
Lead us toward the goal.
Fades away before his eyes,
You alone perfecter be!
The years alone which you have given us,
Should your goodness not direct us,
Become outmoded just like garments.
Humankind, its day, its work, disappears:
Only you alone will stay.
Only Gods year lasts forever,
Turn everyday, therefore to you,
For we are drifting in the wind.
Yet you remain the one you are,
In years without end.
We travel forward through your anger,
And still the fountain of your grace
Streams into our empty hands.
Let worth and measure be,
Of days we spend in guilt.
Let time by them be reckoned;
What we neglected, where we failed,
May that not appear before you.