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Baptized into Thy Name Most Holy

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1 Baptized into your name most holy,
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
I claim a place, though weak and lowly,
among your seed, your chosen host.
Buried with Christ and dead to sin,
your Spirit now shall live within.

2 My loving Father, there you took me
to be henceforth your child and heir.
My faithful Savior, there you let me
the fruit of all your sorrows share.
O Holy Spirit, comfort me
when threat'ning clouds around I see.

3 My faithful God, you fail me never;
your promise surely will endure.
O cast me not away forever
if words and deeds become impure.
Have mercy when I come defiled;
forgive, lift up, restore your child.

4 All that I am and love most dearly—
receive it all, O Lord, from me.
Let me confess my faith sincerely;
help me your faithful child to be!
Let nothing that I am or own
serve any will but yours alone.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #680

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Author: J. J. Rambach

Rambach, Johann Jakob, D.D., son of Hans Jakob Rambach, cabinet maker at Halle on the Saale, was born at Halle, Feb. 24, 1693. In 1706 he left school and entered his father's workshop, but, in the autumn of 1707, he dislocated his ankle. During his illness he turned again to his schoolbooks; the desire for learning reawoke; and on his recovery, early in 1708, he entered the Latin school of the Orphanage at Halle (Glaucha). On Oct. 27, 1712, he matriculated at the University of Halle as a student of medicine, but soon turned his attention to theology. He became specially interested in the study of the Old Testament under J. H. Michaelis. In May 1715 he became one of Michaelis's assistants in preparing his edition of the Hebrew Bible, for whi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Baptized into Thy name most holy
Title: Baptized into Thy Name Most Holy
German Title: Ich bin getauft auf deinen Namen
Author: J. J. Rambach (1723)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




Johann Balthaser König (b. Waltershausen, near Gotha, Germany, 1691; d. Frankfurt, Germany, 1758) composed this tune, which later became associated with Johann Mentzer's hymn "O dass ich tausend Zungen hätte" (Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices). The harmonization is from the Wurttembergische Choral…

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The Cyber Hymnal #532
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Instances (1 - 14 of 14)

Ambassador Hymnal #272


Christian Worship (1993) #294

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Christian Worship #680

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #390


Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #242

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Lutheran Service Book #590

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Lutheran Worship #224

Praise y Adoración #78a

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Rejoice in the Lord #529


The Cyber Hymnal #532

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The New Century Hymnal #324


Together in Song #481

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #415

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #193

Include 31 pre-1979 instances
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