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Posted:  01 Jul 2005 12:46
My neighbor's father, who recently passed away, used to sing a hymn to the tune of Edelweiss. The first lines were, "Lord of life, Lord of love," or vice versa. I'm hoping to be able to find the lyrics for her.
Posted:  05 Jul 2005 16:38
Hi Mia,

I wish I had better news, but I'm unable to find this one. The only hymn I found to the tune of "Edelweiss" was a Thanksgiving hymn (see below). I'm sure this isn't what you're looking for, but I've pasted it below for your reference...

Perhaps someone else reading this can help?


Come dear Lord, be our guest
As we gather together.
May our heart glow with love,
Keep us close to you ever.

Friendship and joy, may they bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever,
Bless our homes, bless our friends,
Bless our common endeavors.

Thank you God, for this day,
Bless all those who greet it.
May your love glow with peace,
May your love go forth from us.

Friendship and peace may they bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever.
Bless our friends, bless our work
Bless each of us forever
Posted:  23 Jul 2005 00:46
Hi Mia I am looking for the same lyrics.  I was at a funeral in June and they sang the song. Any luck yet?  I remember the middle part,
He is the way ,
the truth, the life,
  thats it!
Posted:  05 Aug 2005 17:49
Found it! Thanks to my mom.

Unto You Who Believe

Unto you who believe,
Jesus Christ is precious.
He's the same yesterday,
This day and forever.
He's the Way, the Truth,
The  Life, He's the King of Glory.
Praise the Lord , O my soul,
This day and forever.
Posted:  31 Aug 2005 20:51
We used to sing the Benediction song to the tune of Edelweiss, but due to copyright laws, we had to stop.  These are the words we used to sing:

May the Lord, Mighty God
Bless and keep you forever
Grant you peace, perfect peace
courage in every endeavor
Lift your eyes and see His face,
and His grace forever
May the Lord, Mighty God
bless and keep you forever
Posted:  31 Aug 2005 23:05   Last Edited By: steveliu
Thanks Guest and Marymoon. This is one that really stumped me--I was also eager to hear the answer. Great find!
Posted:  15 Jun 2007 05:08
Lord of life, Lord of Love
Walk forever beside us
Day by Day
---- your way
be ther eforever to guide us

Something very similar to this... sang it last time I went to church and my church use to sing it every sunday at the close of church
Posted:  14 Mar 2009 23:09
The verses I know are like this.  I hope these are the correct works.

Go in Peace, Go in Love
Let's find joy with each other.
Go in Peace, Go in Love,
We are sister and brother.

Fed by Spirit with strength each day
to find our way together
Go in Peace, Go in Love,
God be with us forever.

We use this to close our church service every Sunday.
If anybody has the correct words, please let me know.

Posted:  16 Mar 2009 09:24
Just out of interest there is another song sung by the Gaither's to this tune:

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Praise the Lord Hallelujah,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Praise the Lord Hallelujah.

King of kings and Lord of lords,
Praise his name forever,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Praise the Lord hallelujah.
Posted:  21 Mar 2009 15:40
I found this on the internet:

May the Lord, mighty God bless and keep you forever
By His grace and His might help you in every endeavor.
Long may His grace be kind to you, may it fail you never.
May the Lord, mighty God bless and keep you forever.

Lord of life, Lord of love walk forever beside us.
Day by day, show the way be thou our vision to guide us.
Striving to follow Thy noble plan nothing can divide us.
Lord of life, Lord of love walk forever beside us.
Posted:  14 Dec 2009 06:12
We use to sing this all the time.  It's very similar to teh post above.  This was our version:
Lord of life, Lord of love walk forever beside us.
Day by day, show the way with your vision to guide us.
Striving to follow your will and way nothing can divide us.
Lord of life, Lord of love walk forever beside us.
Posted:  10 Apr 2010 20:53
Grace of God reaching me
Weak and sinful, not caring
Love of Christ cleansing me
When He found me despairing
Praise to the Lord for His love to me
Mercy failing never
Peace and joy underserved
Day by day and forever.
Posted:  25 Nov 2010 21:52
My grandma wanted me to sing a song for the Hunter's Ball she has every year before the hunting season. I know you've already found it but here is another one.

Bless this place, bless our food
Come O Lord and sit with us
May our hearts glow with peace;
Come with your love and surround us
Friendship and Love,
May it bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever
Bless our friends,
Bless our food
Bless all mankind forever.

Hope someone likes it!
Posted:  23 Feb 2011 07:27
My Aunt Sister Mary Franceline God rest her soul was the President of Madonna University in Michigan wrote a song many years ago.  The words are below and they go to the tune of Edelweiss.  There are hundreds of groups and organizations that sing this song and it is great to see that her words have traveled around the world.

May the Lord, Mighty God
Bless and Keep you Forever,
Grant you Peace, Perfect Peace,
Perfect in Every Endeavor.

Lift Up Your Eyes and See His Face,
And His Grace Forever.

May the Lord Mighty God,
Bless and Keep you Forever.

Posted:  11 Jan 2012 16:25
Try this:

Lord of life (Edelweiss)

Lord of Life, Lord of Love
Bless and guide us forever.
Grant us joy, perfect peace,
Courage in every endeavour.
Lift our eyes to see your place
And your grace forever.
Day by day show the way,
Bless and guide us forever.
Posted:  07 Feb 2013 00:05
This is the one we used to sing.......

Precious Name, precious Name, Precious Name of Jesus;
Saving Name, saving Name, Name that brings us salvation.

   Pardon, peace, and power are mine
   Through the Name of Jesus.

Precious Name, precious Name, Precious Name of Jesus.

Unto those who believe, Jesus Christ is precious.
He's the same yesterday, This day and forever.
He's the way, the truth, the life, Peace and joy he bringeth.
He has said, "Trust in me, Lo, I'm with you forever."
Posted:  06 Mar 2013 02:45
I want to thank everyone for their added  input on this site. Mom wanted Edelweiss sang at her funeral and I'm sure this is what she meant. It was beautiful. Finding this site was a true blessing - a "God wink". A service none of you expected to do. Bless you all.
Posted:  14 May 2013 22:11
Unfortunately it turns out that the use of the tune Edelweiss to other words is totally illegal as mentioned above, in one of the posts.  From the WikiPedia article:
Misconceptions about the song [edit]

The great popularity of the song has led many of its audience to believe that it is an Austrian folk song or even the official national anthem.[2] However, Austria's official anthem is "Land der Berge, Land am Strome" and the anthem used before the Anschluss was "Sei gesegnet ohne Ende". The edelweiss is a popular flower in Austria and was featured on the old 1 Schilling coin. It can also now be seen on the 2 cent Euro coin. The flower is protected in Austria and illegal to pick. An "edelweiss" is also worn as a cap device by certain Austrian Army and all German Gebirgsj├Ąger (mountain troopers) units.[3]

There is similar confusion about another song co-authored by Hammerstein, "Ol' Man River" from the musical Showboat, which is widely (though erroneously) believed to be a Negro spiritual.[4] The similarity in misconception about the two songs has been noted by two writers, both of whom see it as tribute to Hammerstein's talents. Alyson McLamore in her book Musical theater: an appreciation writes "The last song to be written for the show was "Edelweiss," a tender little homage to a native flower of Austria that has the effect of authentic Austrian folksong, much as "Ol' Man River" struck listeners as a genuine African American spiritual"[5] Hugh Fordin in his biography of Oscar Hammerstein speaks of "the ability of the authors to simulate the quality of an authentic folk song..."Ol' Man River" had the ring of a black laborer's song...Thirty years later "Edelweiss was widely believed to be an old Austrian song, though Oscar... composed it for the Sound of Music."[6]

American church use [edit]

During the 1970s in the United States, the song became a popular tune with which to sing the benediction in some Christian churches. At a United Methodist Women's Conference, revised lyrics for the song were handed out with instructions stating that the benediction was to be sung to the tune of "Edelweiss". The trend spread quickly across different denominations of Christianity, and it is still very common to hear the benedictory lyrics ("May the Lord, Mighty God") sung to an organ or piano accompaniment of the song from the Sound of Music.

Legal problems [edit]

The estates of Rodgers and Hammerstein have not authorized the use of alternative lyrics with the melody of the song, making this practice illegal. Rodgers stated that "he would take legal action against any group" using the "Edelweiss" melody with altered words;[7] the current rightsholders comply with his wishes, refusing to grant permission for these requests, which are "inconsistent with the creators' intentions".[8]
Posted:  31 Jul 2013 07:18
so should I not sing this song
Posted:  10 Aug 2013 17:53
The United Methodist Church wrote a pretty good letter on the subject:

http://www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/copyrigh ...

Bottom line, it's probably best to avoid leading worship services or otherwise performing this in public, not just for legal reasons but also to respect the wishes of its creators.

As for singing the song in your personal meditations or worship, since copyright law doesn't extend to private performances (at least according to this guy), I can't imagine that'd necessarily be an issue. But as with everything, use your wisdom and discretion

Posted:  22 Sep 2014 20:23
Contrary to popular belief, a copyrighted song CAN be preformed in church by a group or person performing the song. However, you cannot project or show the words for group singing without a CCLI license. In a twist of this, if someone  preforms the song,They  can VOICE out the words for the audience to repeat and sing.
Posted:  26 Nov 2015 09:01
The song you are referring to was written by the organist from my home church. We used to sing it all the time as a kid!
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