In prayer your voices raise ye

In prayer your voices raise ye

Author: Paul Gerhardt; Translator: J. Kelly (1867)
Published in 7 hymnals

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1 In prayer your voices raise ye
To God, and Him now praise ye,
Who to our life from heaven
All needed strength hath given.

2 The stream of years is flowing,
And we are onward going,
From old to new surviving,
And by His mercy thriving.

3 In vain is all our doing;
The labor we’re pursuing
In our hands prospers never,
Unless God watches ever.

4 Our song to Thee ascendeth,
Who ev'ry day defendeth;
O God of mercy! hear us;
Our Father! be Thou near us;

5 With richest blessings crown us,
In all our ways, Lord! own us;
Give grace, who grace bestowest
To all, e’en to the lowest.

6 Grace show to all afflicted,
And to all souls dejected;
And of the poor and needy
Be Thou the succor speedy.

7 All earthly gifts excelling,
The Holy Ghost indwelling,
Give us to make us glorious,
And lead to Thee victorious.

8 All this Thy hand bestoweth,
Thou Life, whence our life floweth,
Thus Thou Thy people meetest--
With New Year’s blessing greetest.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #48a

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: J. Kelly

Kelly, John, was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, educated at Glasgow University, studied theology at Bonn, New College, Edinburgh, and the Theological College of the English Presbyterian Church (to which body he belongs) in London. He has ministered to congregations at Hebburn-on-Tyne and Streatham, and was Tract Editor of the Religious Tract Society. His translations of Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs were published in 1867. Every piece is given in full, and rendered in the metre of the originals. His Hymns of the Present Century from the German were published in 1886 by the Religious Tract Society. In these translations the metres of the originals have not always been followed, whilst some of the hymns have been abridged and others condens… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: In prayer your voices raise ye
German Title: Nun lasst uns gehn und treten
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: J. Kelly (1867)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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