Immanuel, to You We Sing

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1 Immanuel, to you we sing,
O Prince of life, almighty King;
that you, expected ages past,
did come to visit us at last.

2 For you, since first the world was made,
all hearts have waited, watched and prayed;
prophets and patriarchs, year by year,
have longed to see your light appear.

3 All glory, worship, thanks and praise,
that you have come in these our days!
O heav'nly guest, expected long,
we hail you with a joyful song.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #280

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

Translator: Ludolph Ernst Schlicht

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First Line: Immanuel, to you we sing
Title: Immanuel, to You We Sing
Author: Paul Gerhardt (1650)
Translator: Ludolph Ernst Schlicht (1748, alt.)
Language: English


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Moravian Book of Worship #280

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