1 Halleluja, welche Höhen,
Welche Tiefen ew'ger Huld,
Dich, o Herr, am Kreuz zu sehen,
Im Gericht für unsre Schuld!
Und Du gingst zum Vater wieder,
Führst auch uns bald droben ein.
Erstgeborner vieler Brüder,
Du bist unser, wir sind Dein.
2 In noch wenig Augenblicken
Werden wir Dich kommen sehn,
Wird mit freudigem Entzücken
Dir die Braut entgegen gehn.
Sel'ge Hoffnung, süße Wonne!
Nacht entflieht, der Morgen graut,
Wo Dich, lichte Siegessonne,
Unser Aug' verherrlicht schaut.
Author: Nikolaus Ludwig Graf von Zinzendorf, 1700-1760
Zinzendorf, Count Nicolaus Ludwig, the founder of the religious community of Herrnhut and the apostle of the United Brethren, was born at Dresden May 26, 1700. It is not often that noble blood and worldly wealth are allied with true piety and missionary zeal. Such, however, was the case with Count Zinzendorf. Spener, the father of Pietism, was his godfather; and Franke, the founder of the famous Orphan House, in Halle, was for several years his tutor. In 1731 Zinzendorf resigned all public duties and devoted himself to missionary work. He traveled extensively on the Continent, in Great Britain, and in America, preaching "Christ, and him crucified," and organizing societies of Moravian brethren. John Wesley is said to have been under obligat… Go to person page >
Originally a folk song ("Sollen nun die grünen Jahre") dating from around 1700, O DU LIEBE MEINER LIEBE was used as a hymn tune in the Catholic hymnal Bambergisches Gesangbuch (1732). The tune name is the incipit of the text to which it was set in Johann Thommen's Erbaulicher Musicalischer Christen…