|Ausbund, Hymn 6 (by Felix Manz)|
They cried out to God: O Lord!Righteous and Truthful One,How long until you bring order to the earthAmong people everywhere?And take revenge on only thoseWho with great insolence (stanza 6)Have shed blood everywhere,Murdering innocent people?Are you willing to punish themSo they no longer cause dishonour,Driving your own out of the land,
Continuing in their sin? (stanza 7)
Therefore my dearly beloved son,May you wish to do my will,And follow my teaching.If you know a people who spurn every luxuryAnd pleasure of this world,May you wish to join them (stanza 12).They are despised and rejectedBy the wretched world.They must carry Christ’s cross,And have no secure placeBecause they keep God’s word.They are often hunted down (stanza 13).God lives with such people,Who are mocked by the world.Keep company with them.They will show you the true way,Lead you away from the path of evil,
Guide you away from hell (stanza 14).
Note that these actions of love seem to extend only to those in need who “profess Christ,” although that limitation is not explicitly stated in the other sections about the naked, sick, or imprisoned:Share your bread with the hungry,Leave no one in needWho professes Christ.Also clothe the naked,Have pity on the sick.
Do not distance yourself from them (stanza 17).
If you cannot always be with them,Show your good will.Comfort the imprisoned,Welcome guests cheerfully into your home,And don’t let anyone drive them out.
Then your reward will be greatest (stanza 18).
Both your hands should be readyTo do the works of mercy,To give twofold offerings;This is spiritual and worldly work:To set the prisoners free, strengthen the weak;
Then you will truly live (stanza 19).
God also will reward youIn His Kingdom in the other world.He will bestow it twofold;
There should be no doubt of this (stanza 21).
On the one thousand five hundredthAnd thirty-first yearAnnelein paid with her life,Which in virtue soft and mildWas for Christians a beautiful model,
Given in death as well as in life.
That finishes the posts on Anna Jansz, and I'm not sure what I will discuss next. Next week I will give an update on the Honors Seminar, though, and then decide which direction to head next. Perhaps John Calvin's sermons on some parables.