Text:Lord God, We All to Thee Give Praise
Author:Philipp Melanchthon
Translator (into English):Emanuel Cronenwett
Translator (into German):Paul Eber

254. Lord God, We All to Thee Give Praise

1 Lord God, we all to Thee give praise,
Thanksgivings meet to Thee we raise,
That angel hosts Thou didst create
Around Thy glorious throne to wait.

2 They shine with light and heav’nly grace
And constantly behold Thy face;
They heed Thy voice, they know it well,
In godly wisdom they excel.

3 They never rest nor sleep as we;
Their whole delight is but to be
With Thee, Lord Jesus, and to keep
Thy little flock, Thy lambs and sheep.

4 The ancient Dragon is their foe;
His envy and his wrath they know.
It always is his aim and pride
Thy Christian people to divide.

5 As he of old deceived the world
And into sin and death was hurled,
So now he subtly lies in wait
To ruin school and Church and State.

6 A roaring lion, round he goes,
No halt nor rest he ever knows;
He seeks the Christians to devour
And slay them by his dreadful power.

7 But watchful is the angel band
That follows Christ on every hand
To guard His people where they go
And break the counsel of the Foe.

8 For this, now and in days to be,
Our praise shall rise, O Lord, to Thee,
Whom all the angel hosts adore
With grateful songs forevermore.


Text Information
First Line: Lord God, we all to Thee give praise
Title: Lord God, We All to Thee Give Praise
Latin Title: Dicimus grates tibi, summe rerum
Author: Philipp Melanchthon (1543, cento)
Translator (into German): Paul Eber (1554)
Translator (into English): Emanuel Cronenwett (1880, alt.)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: St. Michael and All Angels
Tune Information
Meter: L.M.
Key: G Major
Source: "Genevan Psalter," 1551

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