Immanuel, To Thee We Sing

Immanuel, to thee we sing, Thou Prince of Life our Lord and King

Author: Paul Gerhardt; Translator: Herman H. Brueckner
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1 Immanuel, to Thee we sing,
Thou Prince of Life, our Lord and King,
Thou Morning Star, Thou Fount of Grace,
Thou Savior of our fallen race.

2 Men looked for Thee in days of yore,
To rescue them from perils sore,
And now, O long-expected Guest,
Thou hast appeared to make us blest.

3 Thou art descended from on high,
Dost in a humble manger lie,
An infant, yet supremely great,
Poor, lowly, yet of high estate.

4 With eyes of faith we look on Thee,
Assured that Thou wilt set us free
From sin and guilt, from grief and woe,
From all our suff'rings here below.

5 God's holy wrath hast Thou appeased,
The gates of hell Thy hand hath seized,
The king of terrors Thou hast slain,
And all for our eternal gain.

6 Thou art our Head, O grant that we
Thy faithful members, Lord, may be;
Let Thy good Spirit rule our will,
That we Thy statutes may fulfill.

7 Immanuel, to Thee, our King,
The tributes of our praise we bring;
O let us here Thy name adore
And laud Thee there for evermore.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #331

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Paul Gerhardt (b. Gräfenheinichen, Saxony, Germany, 1607; d. Lubben, Germany, 1676), famous author of Lutheran evangelical hymns, studied theology and hymnody at the University of Wittenberg and then was a tutor in Berlin, where he became friends with Johann Crüger. He served the Lutheran parish of Mittenwalde near Berlin (1651-1657) and the great St. Nicholas' Church in Berlin (1657-1666). Friederich William, the Calvinist elector, had issued an edict that forbade the various Protestant groups to fight each other. Although Gerhardt did not want strife between the churches, he refused to comply with the edict because he thought it opposed the Lutheran "Formula of Concord," which con­demned some Calvinist doctrines. Consequently, he was r… Go to person page >

Translator: Herman H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Immanuel, to thee we sing, Thou Prince of Life our Lord and King
Title: Immanuel, To Thee We Sing
German Title: Wir singen dir, Emanuel
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: Herman H. Brueckner
Language: English
Publication Date: 1930
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1930.


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