1 Come Christians, praise your Maker's goodness,
Rejoice in Him and in His gift;
To-day before the Lord of harvest
In happy songs your voices lift;
For He who cared for us of yore
Hath bless'd our fields and homes once more.
2 Accept, O Lord, our thankful praises
For all our Father doth bestow;
May it increase our faith, and lead us
Our praise by godly lives to show;
That every deed and word may prove
We trust and own our Father's love.
3 Thou feedest us in pure compassion;
Teach us to care for others' need;
Let each, as he is able, comfort
The sick and poor, the hungry feed:
O Father Thou of all below,
On each what most he needs bestow.
4 Open Thy bounteous hands in blessing
Thus to refresh us year by year;
Provide for us through all life's journey,
And make us faithful stewards here
Of all that to our care is given,
That greater gifts be ours in heaven.
5 Preserve to us what Thou hast sent us,
And grant us calm and peaceful days
And grateful hearts, that we may use it
In quiet gladness to Thy praise:
And while our bodies thus are fed,
O grant our souls the Living Bread!
Liebich, Ehrenfried, was born July 15, 1713, at Probsthain, near Goldberg, Silesia, where his father was a miller. He assisted his father in the mill up to his sixteenth year, and was thereafter allowed to study at the Latin school at Schweidnitz, and the St. Elisabeth school at Breslau. At Easter, 1738, he entered the University of Leipzig as a student of Theology, and on concluding his course in 1740, was for some time engaged in private tuition. In April, 1742, he became pastor at Lomnitz and Erdmannsdorf, near Hirschberg, Silesia, and remained there till his death on June 23, 1780 (Koch, vi. 391; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xviii. 584, &c).
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Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation."
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Johann Balthaser König (b. Waltershausen, near Gotha, Germany, 1691; d. Frankfurt, Germany, 1758) composed this tune, which later became associated with Johann Mentzer's hymn "O dass ich tausend Zungen hätte" (Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices). The harmonization is from the Wurttembergische Choral…
Display Title: Come, Christians,praise your Maker's goodnessFirst Line: Come, Christians,praise your Maker's goodnessTune Title: ELBE (O dass ich tausend Zungen hätte)Author: Ehrenfried Liebig; Catherine WinkworthMeter: No. 32Date: 1908Subject: The Church Year | Harvest