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Ja, glückselig sind die Seelen

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1 Ja, glückselig sind die Seelen,
die in ihrem Ehestand
Dich, den Herrn, zum Führer wählen
und an Deiner treuen Hand,
fest gegründet auf Dein Wort,
leben still und friedlich fort;
deren Heil zu allen Stunden
ist in Deinen Liebeswunden.

2 Einer freuet sich am andern,
einer trägt des andern Last,
und man sieht sie fröhlich wandern,
weil ihr Glaube Dich umfaßt;
Murren, Hader, Neid und Streit
sind von ihren Toren weit;
aber Eintracht, Fried und Wahrheit
wohnen dort in Deiner Klarheit.

3 Und ihr Haus ist wie ein Tempel,
voll von Loben und Gebet,
und Dein Lieben ihr Exempel,
dem sie folgen früh und spät.
Ja, Herr Jesus, unser Licht,
rieht' auf sie Dein Angesicht
und präg' sie durch Deinen Namen
— wie auch uns — im Herzen! Amen!

Source: Glaubenslieder #421

Author: Gustav Friedrich Ludwig Knak, 1806-1878

Knak, Gustav Friedrich Ludwig, son of Christian F. L. Knak, Justiz Commissarius at Berlin, was born at Berlin, July 12, 1806. He matriculated as a student of theology at the University of Berlin, Easter, 1826. In the autumn of 1829 he became tutor in a private school at Königs-Wusterhausen, near Berlin, where he worked manfully for the sick and dying during the cholera year 1831. He returned to Berlin in August, 1832, and acted as one of the editors of the well-known Geistlicher Lieder Schatz (referred to in this Dictionary as the Berlin Geistlicher Lieder Schatz), to which he contributed a number of hymns, and for which he wrote the preface dated Dec. 11, 1832. In the autumn of 1834 he was ordained pastor of Wusterwitz, near Dramburg, in… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ja, glückselig sind die Seelen
Author: Gustav Friedrich Ludwig Knak, 1806-1878
Language: German
Publication Date: 2001
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 2001.



Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3) composed or adapted this tune for Psalm 42 for the Genevan psalter. The 1564 harmonization by Claude Goudimel (PHH 6) originally placed the melody in the tenor. An alternate harmonization with descants by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) can be found opposite 41 in the Psalter Hymnal.…

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