From Eternity, O God

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1 From eternity, O God,
In Thy Son Thou didst elect me.
Therefore, Father, on life's road
Graciously to heav'n direct me;
Send to me Thy Holy Spirit
That His gifts I may inherit.

2 Though alive, I'm dead in sin,
Lost to all good things by nature.
Holy Ghost, change me within,
Make of me a new-born creature;
For the flesh works ruination
And can never gain salvation.

3 Drive away the gloomy night
Of my heart's perverse reflection.
Quench all thoughts that are not right;
Hold my reason in subjection.
Grant that I from Thee, with yearning,
Wisdom always may be learning.

4 All desire and thoughts of mine
From my youth are only evil.
Save me by Thy pow'r divine
From myself and from the devil;
Give me strength in ample measure
Both to will and do Thy pleasure.

5 Oh, create a heart in me
That in Thee, my God believeth
And o'er the iniquity
Of my sins most truly grieveth.
When dark hours of woe betide me,
In the wounds of Jesus hide me.

6 As a branch upon a vine,
In my blessed Lord implant me;
Ever of my Head divine
To remain a member grant me.
O let Him, my Lord and Savior,
Be my Life and Love forever!

7 Faith and hope and charity
Graciously, O Father, give me;
Be my Guardian constantly
That the devil may not grieve me.
Grant me humbleness and gladness,
Peace and patience in my sadness.

8 Help me speak what's right and good
And keep silence on occasion.
Help me pray, Lord, as I should,
Help me bear my tribulation.
Help me die and let my spirit
Everlasting life inherit.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #220

Author: Caspar, Neumann

Neumann, Caspar, son of Martin Neumann, city tax-collector at Breslau, was born at Breslau, Sept. 14,1648. He entered the Unversity of Jena in Sept. 1667, graduated M.A. in August 1670, and was for some time one of the University lecturers. On Nov. 30, 1673, he was ordained at the request of Duke Ernst of Gotha as travelling chaplain to his son, Prince Christian, whom he accompanied through Western Germany, Switzerland, Northern Italy, and Southern France; returning to Gotha in 1675. In 1676 he became court preacher at Altenburg, but in Dec. 1678 was appointed diaconus of the St. Mary Magdalene Church at Breslau, and pastor there in 1689. Finally, in Feb. 1697 he became pastor of St. Elizabeth's at Breslau, inspector of the churches and sch… Go to person page >

Translator: August Crull

August Crull was born January 27, 1845 in Rostock, Germany, where his father, Hofrat Crull, was a lawyer. He was educated at the Gymnasium in Rostock, and at Concordia College in St. Louis and Fort Wayne where he graduated in 1862. His father died soon after he began studying at the Gymnasium. His mother then married Albert Friedrich Hoppe, who later became the editor of the St. Louis edition of Luther's Works. In 1865, Crull graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He became assistant pastor at Trinity Church in Milwaukee and also served as Director of the Lutheran High School. Later he was pastor of the Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1873 to 1915, he was professor of the German language and literature at Concordia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: From eternity, O God
Title: From Eternity, O God
German Title: Gott, du hast in deinem Sohn
Author: Caspar, Neumann
Translator: August Crull
Language: English



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