Christ himself, my pride and glory

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1 Christ Himself, my Pride and Glory,
Christ, the true and living Light,
Strengthens me with glorious might;
Christ, revealed in sacred story,
Whom I now as Lord confess,
Teaches me true holiness.

2 Ah, what manifold temptation
Has beset my heart and soul
And has taken frightful toll;
Ah, what death and desolation
Wrought in me by Adams' fall,
Doth my trembling soul appall.

3 Savior, by Thy sure assistance
May I weed out all the sin
And unrighteousness within;
Help me offer strong resistance
To the devil's guile and pow'r,
With new freedom ev'ry hour.

4 Grant Thy peace and consolation
Ever to my heart and mind.
All Thy love and patience kind,
All Thy warm commiseration,
Goodness, truth, and faithfulness,
Holiness and righteousness.

5 Let me live to praise Thee ever,
Jesus, Thou my heart's own light,
Thou who leadest me aright;
Let me cling to Thee forever,
All the fleshly lusts deny
And the devil's hosts defy.

6 Grant me, Lord, Thy Holy Spirit
That is all I follow Him
Lest the light of faith grow dim;
Let me ever trust Thy merit.
Let Thy blessing me attend,
From all evil me defend.

7 From all pain and imperfection,
Gracious Lord, deliver me,
Heaven's glory let me see;
Keep me under Thy direction
That the grace Thou gavest me
I may praise eternally.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #191

Author: Johann Olearius

Johannes Olearius (b. Halle, Germany, 1611; d. Weissenfels, Germany, 1684) Born into a family of Lutheran theologians, Olearius received his education at the University of Wittenberg and later taught theology there. He was ordained a Lutheran pastor and appointed court preacher to Duke August of Sachsen-Weissenfels in Halle and later to Duke Johann Adolph in Weissenfels. Olearius wrote a commentary on the entire Bible, published various devotional books, and produced a translation of the Imitatio Christi by Thomas a Kempis. In the history of church music Olearius is mainly remembered for his hymn collection, which was widely used in Lutheran churches. Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Author: Paul E. Kretzmann

Professor Paul E. Kretzman led a group of Lutherans who left church fellowship with some Lutheran congregations in 1956 after he was charged with teaching error in class. He and his followers organized the Lutheran Churches of the Reformation. He wrote several Bible Commentaries and translated many hymns. NN, Hymnary from Go to person page >

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First Line: Christ himself, my pride and glory
Author: Johann Olearius
Author: Paul E. Kretzmann


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