God of ages, all transcending

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1 God of Ages, all transcending,
Who dost rule creation wide,
And, Thy might with mercy blending,
Ever dost for me provide,
As this Sabbath dawns on me,
Let my soul awake to Thee.

2 How I love this day most holy,
Bringing thoughts of Thee, my Lord,
Who dost comfort all the lowly,
Who to all dost rest afford,
And whose Spirit leads the way
To that fair celestial day.

3 For this gladsome Sabbath morning
Let my soul most grateful be!
Hallowed tho'ts, my mind adorning,
Soar on wings of prayer to Thee,
And my heart delights to sing
Hymns that to Thy throne will ring.

4 Come, O Lord, and lend Thy blessing
As I hear Thy precious Word.
Speak to me in tones caressing,
Let me feel Thy presence, Lord!
Be my heart with joy replete
As I taste Thy manna sweet.

5 Say Amen, O God our Father,
To the praise we offer Thee;
Now, to laud Thy name we gather;
Let this to Thy glory be.
Fill us with Thy love and grace,
Till we see Thee face to face.


Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #7

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: 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: God of ages, all transcending
German Title: Grosser Gott von allen Zeiten
Translator: Anna B. Hoppe (1925)
Author: Caspar Neumann (1648)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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