522. Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise

1 Lord God, to Thee we give all praise,
With grateful hearts our voices raise,
That angel hosts Thou didst create
Around Thy glorious throe 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 has hurled,
So he now subtly lies in wait
To undermine both 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 in his dreadful pow'r.

7 But watchful is the angel band
That follows Christ on ev'ry 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, to Thee we give all praise
Title: Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise
Original Language: Latin
Author: Philipp Melanchthon, 1497-1560
Author (German version): Paul Eber, 1511-69
Translator: Emanuel Cronenwett, 1841-1931
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: L M
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Feasts and Festivals: St. Michael and All Angels
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ERHALT UNS, HERR
Meter: L M
Key: e minor



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