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.
Paul Gerhardt (b. GraEenhainichen, Saxony, Germany, 1607; d. Lubben, Germany, 1676), famous author of Lutheran evangelical hymns, studied theology and hymnody at the University of Wittenberg and then was a tutor in Berlin, where he became friends with Johann Crüger. He served the Lutheran parish of Mittenwalde near Berlin (1651-1657) and the great St. Nicholas' Church in Berlin (1657-1666). Friederich William, the Calvinist elector, had issued an edict that forbade the various Protestant groups to fight each other. Although Gerhardt did not want strife between the churches, he refused to comply with the edict because he thought it opposed the Lutheran "Formula of Concord," which condemned some Calvinist doctrines. Consequently, he was re… 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: 126.96.36.199Source: 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