116. To the Name of Our Salvation

1 To the name of our salvation
Laud and honor let us pay,
Which for many a generation
Hid in God's foreknowledge lay;
But with holy exultation
We may sing aloud today.

2 Jesus is the name we treasure,
Name beyond what words can tell;
Name of gladness, name of pleasure,
Ear and heart delighting well;
Name of sweetness, passing measure,
Saving us from sin and hell.

3 'Tis the name for adoration;
'Tis the name of victory;
'Tis the name for meditation
In this vale of misery;
'Tis the name for veneration
By the citizens on high.

4 'Tis the name that whoso preacheth
Speaks like music to the ear;
Who in prayer this name beseecheth
Sweetest comfort findeth near:
Who its perfect wisdom reacheth
Heavenly joy possesseth here.

5 Jesus is the name prevailing
Over every name by right;
At this name, in terror wailing,
Powers of hell are put to flight;
God, in mercy never failing,
Saves us by this name of might.

6 Therefore we in love adoring
This most blessed name revere,
Holy Jesus, Thee imploring
So to write it in us here
That hereafter, heavenward soaring,
We may sing with angels there.


Text Information
First Line: To the name of our salvation
Title: To the Name of Our Salvation
Latin Title: Gloriosi Salvatoris
Translator: John M. Neale (1851, alt.)
Author: Unknown (1496)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: New Year
Tune Information
Key: b minor
Source: "Geistreiches Gesangbuch," Darmstadt, 1698

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