By Sin Weighed Down, And Sorely Stricken

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1 By sin weighed down and sorely stricken,
I stand before God's judgment throne.
O God, do Thou my spirit quicken,
For Thou canst help, and Thou alone.
Have mercy on my soul, I pray,
And wash Thou all my guilt away.

2 O Father, Thou of mercies tender,
Thine humble child doth cry to Thee;
Wilt Thou to me sweet comfort render,
That I again may joyful be?
Have mercy on my soul, I pray,
And wash Thou all my guilt away.

3 My troubled soul, its sins bewailing,
Can never for its guilt atone;
But let Thy mercy be unfailing,
That I Thy healing grace may own.
Have mercy of my soul, I pray,
And wash Thou all my guilt away.

4 My soul Thy pardon strongly craveth;
O speak the Word it fain would hear:
I lend thee grace that truly saveth,
I pardon thee, I stay thy fear.
Have mercy on my soul, I pray,
And wash Thou all my guilt away.

5 I do not doubt my prayer is granted,
The sense of comfort doth increase;
I have the grace for which I panted,
And so to raise this cry I cease:
Have mercy on my soul, I pray,
And wash Thou all my guilt away.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #68

Author: Christoph Tietze

Titius, Christoph, son of Christoph Titius or Tietze, pastor at Wilkau, near Kamslau, in Silesia, was born at Wilkau, May 24, 1641. He entered the St. Mary Magdalene Gymnasium, at Breslau, in 1654, and the Aegidien (St. Giles) Gymnasium at Nürnberg, in 1660. He matriculated as a student of Theology at the University of Altdorf, in 1662. After completing his studies at the University of Jena, in 1664, he acted for two years as a family tutor. On Aug. 24, 1666, he was ordained as pastor of Laubenzedel, near Gunzenhausen, in Franconia; and then became, in 1671, pastor at Henfenfeld, near Nürnberg. In 1685 he was appointed diaconus at Hersbruck, near Nürnberg, became archidiaconus in June, 1701, and in Nov., 1701, was appointed chief pastor… Go to person page >

Translator: H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

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First Line: By sin weighed down, and sorely stricken
Title: By Sin Weighed Down, And Sorely Stricken
Author: Christoph Tietze
Translator: H. Brueckner
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Published in 1657 (see above) WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT is also known as NEUMARK. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used the tune in its isorhythmic shape (all equal rhythms) in his cantatas 21, 27, 84, 88, 93, 166, 179, and 197. Many Lutheran composers have also written organ preludes on this tune. WER NUR DEN…

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