1 We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
he chastens and hastens his will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.
2 Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning;
thou, Lord, wast at our side; all glory be thine!
3 We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
|First Line:||We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing|
|Title:||We Gather Together|
|Translator:||Theodore Baker (1894)|
|Author (attributed to):||Adrianus Valerius|
|Scripture:||Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalm 5:11; Psalm 32:8; Psalm 94:12; Psalm 119:134; Psalm 145:13; Isaiah 49:15; Luke 12:6; John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:31; Hebrews 12:5-7|
|Topic:||The Church; Gathering; Guidance(3 more...)|
|Source:||Netherlands folk hymn, 1625|
|Harmonizer:||Eduard Kremser (1877)|
|Source:||Neder-landtsch Gedenck-Clanck, 1626|
First published among songs celebrating the end of Spanish control of the Netherlands, this text’s blend of patriotism and piety has made it popular at (often ecumenical) Thanksgiving Day services. The tune is named for the Viennese arranger whose male chorus popularized it.
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