1 Let the earth now praise the Lord.
Who hath truly kept His word
And the sinners’ Help and Friend
Now at last to us doth send.
2 What the fathers most desired,
What the prophet’s heart inspired,
What they longed for many a year,
Stands fulfilled in glory here.
3 Abram’s promised great Reward,
Zion’s Helper, Jacob’s Lord--
Him of two-fold race behold--
Truly came, as long foretold.
4 Welcome, O my Savior, now!
Hail! My Portion, Lord, art Thou.
Here, too, in my heart, I pray,
Oh, prepare Thyself a way!
5 King of Glory, enter in;
Cleanse it from the filth of sin,
As Thou hast so often done;
It belongs to Thee alone.
6 As Thy coming was in peace,
Quiet, full of gentleness,
Let the same mind dwell in me
That was ever found in Thee.
7 Comfort my desponding heart:
Thou my Strength and Refuge art.
I am weak, and cunningly
Satan lays his snares for me.
8 Bruise for me the Serpent’s head,
That, set free from doubt and dread,
I may cleave to Thee in faith,
Safely kept through life and death.
9 And when Thou dost come again
As a glorious King to reign,
I with joy may see Thy face,
Freely ransomed by Thy grace.
|First Line:||Let the earth now praise the Lord|
|Title:||Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord|
|German Title:||Gott sei Dank durch alle Welt|
|Translator:||Catherine Winkworth (1863)|
|Author:||Heinrich Held (1659)|
|Translator (st. 7):||Unknown|
|Topic:||The Church Year: CHRISTMAS|
|Name:||NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND|
|Source:||"Geistliches Gesangbüchlein," Wittenberg, 1524, ad.|