Author of the Lyrics
The author of the illuminating
words of the "Be Still my Soul" lyrics, Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel (October 22, 1697-Circa 1768),
was born in Kothen, Germany and
achieved fame as a a lady at the ducal court in Kothen and a Hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Be Still my Soul", Johan Julius Christian Sibelius (8 December 1865-September 20, 1957),
was born in Hameenlinna in the Grand Duchy of Finland and
became famous as a composer, violinist and musician. Jean Sibelius is known as Finland's greatest composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Be Still my Soul
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel (October 22, 1697
to Circa 1768)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: Jane L. Borthwick (9 April 1813 - 7 September 1897) who translated the words from German to English
Name of Composer of Music: Johan Julius Christian Sibelius (8 December 1865 to
September 20, 1957)
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain"
First Publication Date:
Be Still my Soul Lyrics
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, be leaving, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.