By nature deaf to things divine

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1 By nature deaf to things divine,
My ears hear not this Word of Thine,
The gospel of salvation.
By nature dumb to speak Thy praise,
My carnal tongue doth fail to raise
A song of adoration.
Heal Thou me now, blest Physician,
In contrition
I beseech Thee,
Let my prayer and pleading reach Thee.

2 I thank Thee, dear Redeemer mine,
That Thou in love and power divine
Thy healing word hast spoken.
Thy Word indeed doth balm afford,
And Thy forgiveness, dearest Lord,
The power of sin hath broken.
Thy Word, dear Lord, still endureth,
And assureth
Me, O Saviour,
Of Thy everlasting favor.

3 Indeed Thou doest all things well,
Incarnate God, Immanuel,
Thou promised Saviour, Jesus.
My ears can hear Thy Word divine.
Which healeth all diseases.
Till I sing Thy praise in glory,
Let the story
Of salvation
Be my theme of adoration.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #177

Author: Anna B. Hoppe

Anna Hoppe was born on May 7, 1889 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She left school after the eighth grade and worked as a stenographer. She began writing patriotic verses when she was very young and by the age of 25 she was writing spiritual poetry. After some of her poems appeared in the Northwestern Lutheran, a periodical of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, they came to the attention of Dr. Adolf Hult of Augustana Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois. He influenced her to write her Songs for the Church Year (1928). Several hymnals include her work, which was usually set to traditional chorale melodies, although she also made a number of translations. She died on August 2, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NN, from Cyber Hymnal  Go to person page >

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First Line: By nature deaf to things divine
Author: Anna B. Hoppe
Copyright: Public Domain



Adapting a tune written for Psalm 100 found in Wolff Köphel's Psalter (1538), Nicolai composed WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, which was published with the text in 1599. Although the tune was originally more varied rhythmically, the hymnal version here is isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) and set to the rich ha…

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