530. Blessed Jesus, We Are Here

1 Blessed Jesus, we are here,
gladly your command obeying.
With this child we now draw near
in response to your own saying
that to you it shall be given
as a child and heir of heaven.

2 Your command is clear and plain.
and we would obey it duly:
"You must all be born again,
heart and life renewing truly,
born of water and the Spirit,
and my kingdom thus inherit."

3 This is why we come to you
in our arms this infant bearing;
Lord, to us your glory show;
Let this child, your mercy sharing,
in your arms be shielded ever,
yours on earth and yours forever.

4 Gracious Head, your member own;
Shepherd, take your lamb and feed it;
Prince of Peace, make here your throne;
way of life, to heaven lead it;
Precious vine, let nothing sever
from your side this branch forever.

5 Now into your heart we pour
prayers that from our hearts proceeded.
Our petitions heav'nward soar;
may our fond desires be heeded!
Write the name we now have given;
write it in the book of heaven!

Text Information
First Line: Blessed Jesus, we are here
Title: Blessed Jesus, We Are Here
Author: Benjamin Schmolck
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Publication Date: 1985
Scripture: ; ; ;
Source: Liebster Jesu, Lutheran Book of Worship, tr. (1978, alt.)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer (melody, later form): J. R. Ahle (1664)
Key: G Major

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