1 Beside Thy manger here I stand,
Dear Jesus, Lord and Savior,
A gift of love within my hand
To thank Thee for Thy favor.
O take my humble offering;
My heart, my soul, yea, ev'rything
Is Thine to keep forever.
2 With joy I gaze upon Thy face;
Thy glory and Thy splendor
Is greater than my heart can praise
And songs can fitly render.
O that my mind might truly be
As boundless as the deepest sea,--
'Twould still be lost in wonder.
3 O grant me this abundant grace,
And let it be Thy pleasure
That I may be Thy dwelling-place,
Dear Savior, Sweetest Treasure!
O let me be Thy manger-bed,
Then shall I lift my lowly head
With joy beyond all measure.
Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >
Translator: William Martin Czamanske
Born: August 26, 1873, Granville, Wisconsin.
Died: January 7, 1964.
Buried: Saint Johns Lutheran Cemetery - North Willow Creek, Vernon Center, Minnesota.
Czamanske graduated from Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1894) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri (1898). Ordained in 1898, he served at Lutheran churches near Madelia, Minnesota (1898-1902); West Henrietta, New York (1902-04); Rochester, New York (1904-10); and Sheboygan, Wisconsin, (1910-51). He contributed poems to the Lutheran Witness, Sunday School Times, Etude, Expositor, and Northwestern Lutheran. He was a member of the subc… Go to person page >
Display Title: Beside Thy Manger Here I StandFirst Line: Beside Thy manger here I standTune Title: WONNBERGERAuthor: Paul Gerhardt; William M. CzamanskeMeter: 184.108.40.206Source: Tr.: Select Songs for School and Home by John A. Theiss and Bernhard Schumacher (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1922), alt.; Praxis Pietatis Melica by Johann Crüger, 1653