O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide

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1 O Savior, rend the heavens wide;
Come down, come down with mighty stride.
Unlock the gates, the doors break down;
Unbar the way to heaven's crown.

2 O Father, dew from heaven send;
As gentle dew, O Son, descend.
Drop down, you clouds, and torrents bring:
To Jacob's line rain down the King.

3 O earth, in flowering bud be seen;
Clothe hill and dale in garb of green.
O earth bring forth this Blossom rare;
O Savior, rise from meadow fair.

4 O Fount of hope, how long, how long?
When wilt Thou come with comfort strong?
O come, O come, high heaven forego;
Console us in our vale of woe.

5 O Morning Star, O radiant Sun,
When will our hearts behold thy dawn?
O Sun, arise; without thy light
We grope in gloom and dark of night.

6 Here dreadful doom upon us lies;
Death looms so grim before our eyes.
O come, lead us with mighty hand
From exile to our fatherland.

7 There will we all our praises bring
Ever to thee, our Savior King;
There shall we laud thee and adore
Forever and forevermore.

Source: Worship Supplement #706

Translator: Martin L. Seltz

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Author: Friedrich von Spee, 1591-1635

Spee, Friedrich von, son of Peter Spee (of the family of Spee, of Langenfeld), judge at Kaisers worth, was born at Kaisersworth, Feb. 25, 1591. He was educated in the Jesuit gymnasium at Cologne, entered the order of the Jesuits there on Sept. 22, 1610, and was ordained priest about 1621. From 1613 to 1624 he was one of the tutors in the Jesuit college at Cologne, and was then sent to Paderborn to assist in the Counter Reformation. In 1627 he was summoned by the Bishop of Würzburg to act as confessor to persons accused of witchcraft, and, within two years, had to accompany to the stake some 200 persons, of all ranks and ages, in whose innocence he himself firmly believed (His Cautio criminalis, sen de processibus contra sagas lib, Rinteln,… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Savior, rend the heavens wide;
Title: O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide
German Title: O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf
Translator: Martin L. Seltz
Author: Friedrich von Spee, 1591-1635
Source: German spiritual song, Köln, 1623
Language: English
Copyright: Tr. © 1969 Concordia Publishing House



O HEILAND, REISS DIE HIMMEL AUF is a German chorale melody published anonymously in Rheinfelsisches Deutsches Catholisches Gesangbuch (1666 ed.). Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee member Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) prepared the harmonization in 1985. The tune is in Dorian mode and exhibits two main rhyt…

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