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Jesus, great and wondrous Star

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1 Jesus! great and wondrous Star,
Both from Jacob's line and heaven,
Festive gifts from near and far
On this day to Thee are given:
Oh! accept most graciously
What I humbly offer Thee.

2 Saba bringeth gold to Thee;
Lord, I give what thou hast given:
gold of faith receive from me--
Precious gold that counts in heaven!
Prove it, purge it free from dross
In the furnace of the cross.

3 Take the frankincense of prayer;
May it prove a sweet oblation!
Heart and lips shall everywhere
Strive to meet Thy approbation;
Hear and heed my prayer, and then
Seal it with Thy "Yea: Amen!"

4 Take contrition, bitter myrrh;
O how sorely my sins grieve me!
Pardon, healing, peace restore;
Thou art true, and wilt relieve me.
Lord, I praise Thee! and believe
Thou my offering dost receive.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #52a

Author: Erdmann Neumeister

Neumeister, Erdmann, son of Johann Neumeister, schoolmaster, organist, &c, at Uechteritz, near Weissenfels, was born at Uechteritz, May 12, 1671. He entered the University of Leipzig in 1689, graduated M.A. in 1695, and was then for some time University lecturer. In June 1697 he was appointed assistant pastor at Bibra, and in 1698 pastor there, and assistant superintendent of the Eckartsberg district. He was then, in 1704, called by Duke Johann Georg, to Weissenfels as tutor to his only daughter, and assistant court preacher, and shortly afterwards court preacher. After the death of this princess, Neumeister was invited by the Duke's sister (she had married Count Erdmann II. von Promnitz) to Sorau, where on New Year's Day, 1706, he entered… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, great and wondrous Star
Author: Erdmann Neumeister



First published in Johann Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica (1653) without attribution, JESUS, MEINE ZUVERSICHT was credited to Crüger (PHH 42) in the 1668 edition of that hymnal. (The later isorhythmic RATISBON is related to this tune; see 34.) JESUS, MEINE ZUVERSICHT is named for its association w…

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #52

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #52a

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal #52b

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