An old Lutheran song in GB’s hymnal (by Nicolaus L. von Zinzendorf, first published in 1778 )


[My father, feeling that Tamil hymns and lyrics, generally, do not have the depth that English hymns have, has for his church hymnal, identified some good hymns, translated many hymns and choruses from English, and composed some lyrics. He has recorded the accompaniment for all the songs in the hymnal, and these are available in MP3 format. I will try to showcase some of them in this blog from time to time. All recordings have been done at home using very simple equipment. These songs may not be copied without permission.]

Here is a recording of the song Yesuvae Neer-dhaam sung by GB himself.


Ye-su-vae neer-dhaam, jee-va naal yel-laam
Mot-cha-thik-ku sey-room-mat-toom
Kai-dhan-dhen-ga-lai na-da-thoom
Neer mun-naa-ley pome, Oom-o-dey-gu-vome

Theen-gu min-ji-naal, yen-ga-lai an-baal
Ka-lan-gaa-dha-pa-di kaa-room
Ni-lai-nir-koom var-am thaa-room
In-gae si-loo-vai, an-gae ma-gi-mai

Son-dha kley-sa-moom, ney-sar thoon-ba-moom
Nen-jai vaa-dhi-thaal, an-baa-ha
Po-roo-mai a-li-pee-raa-ha
Jee-va kree-da-thai, noke-a neer-thoo-nai

Neer iv-vu-la-hil, kash-ta-va-zhi-yil
Yen-ga-lai na-da-thi-naa-lum
Aa-dha-ree-yoom naan-gal saa-goom-
Bo-dhoo-mi-da-mae, sey-room Ney-sa-rae

Free translation

Jesus, all the days of our life
Until we reach heaven
Guide us with Your hand;
Lord lead us and we will follow

If evil overtake us, then in love
Keep us from fretting.
Give us the grace of endurance–
Here the cross; there the glory

When fears within us and trouble from those around us
Weighs heavily on our heart,
With tenderness, grant us patience
And help us to look forward to the crown of life

In this world, even if You should lead us
Through the way of hardship
Comfort and bear us; when we die
We will be united with our Beloved Lord.

This song is one of comfort in trouble and encourages us to endure our present afflictions with patience, knowing that these are only momentary. Some of the scriptures that it reminds me of are:

2 Cor 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Rev 2:10 “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

1 Pet 1:4-6 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,