In Thee is gladness

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1 In Thee is gladness amid all sadness,
Jesus, day-star of my heart!
By Thee are given the gifts of heaven,
thou the true Redeemer art!
Our souls thou wakest;
our bonds thou breakest.
Who trusts Thee surely
has built securely and stands forever: Allelujah!
Our hearts are longing to see thy dawning.
Living or dying, in thee abiding,
naught can us sever: Allelujah!

2 Jesus is ours!
We fear no powers,
not of earth or sin or death.
He sees and blesses in worst distresses;
he can change them with a breath.
Wherefore the story -
tell of His glory with hearts and voices;
all heaven rejoices in him forever: Allelujah!
We shout for gladness,
triumph o'er sadness,
love him and praise him,
and still shall raise him
glad hymns forever: Allelujah!

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #344

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Author: Johann Lindemann

Lindemann, Johann, son of Nicolaus Lindemann, burgess at Gotha, was born at Gotha c. 1550. He attended the Gymnasium at Gotha, and apparently thereafter studied and graduated M.A. at Jena. He appears to have become cantor at Gotha in 1571 or 1572, and retired from this post, on a pension, in 1631. In 1634 he Was a member of the new Council at Gotha. The date of his death is unknown. (Monatshefte für Musikgeschichte, 1878, p. 73; manuscript from Superintendent Dr. Otto Dreyer, of Gotha, &c. The extant register of births at Gotha only goes back to 1566, that of deaths only to 1659.) Lindemann's Decades Amorum Filii Dei seem to have been published at Erfurt, 1594 and 1596. The ed. of 1598 [Royal Library, Berlin] is entitled Amorum Filii De… Go to person page >


Scripture References: st. 2 = Rom. 8:35-39, Heb. 4:14-16 Cantor Johann Lindemann (b. Gotha, Thuringia, Germany, 1549; d. Gotha, 1631) wrote this text to fit the tune IN DIR IST FREUDE. It was published in Lindemann's Amarum Filii Dei Decades Duae (1598). Lindemann attended the gymnasium (high school) in Gotha and then studied at the University of Jena. He returned to Gotha, where he served on the council and became a cantor in several churches (1580-1631). One of the signers of the Lutheran Formula of Concord (1577), Lindemann published Amarum Filii Dei Decades Duae (1598), which included his "In You Is Gladness." Catherine Winkworth (PHH 194) prepared the English translation for the second series of her Lyra Germanica (1858). The text confesses with joy the Christian's security of walking intimately with God through the ups and downs of daily life. The two long stanzas consist of various short biblical phrases and allusions woven into an integrated pattern of praise and petition, confession and rejoicing. All are punctuated by periodic "alleluias." The words of the text suggest Q&A 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Liturgical Use: Many occasions of worship in which encouragement and joy in Christ's saving work are appropriate in the face of "sin or death or night"; after Lord's Supper; funerals. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook



IN DIR IST FREUDE is one of many balletti (dance-like songs) written by Giovanni G. Gastoldi, a priest and composer from Mantua, Italy. It was originally published in his Balleti a cinque voce (1591 ), where it was set to "Alieta vi.a, Amor ciinuita", which like so many balletti had a "fa-la-la" ref…

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