Let the earth exalt the Lord

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1 Let the earth exalt the Lord,
Who in truth has kept His word:
For the sinners' truest Friend
God from heaven now doth send.

2 What the prophets had foretold,
What delighted men of old,
What their hearts with rapture thrilled
Is in glory here fulfilled.

3 Abram's Shield and great Reward,
He whom Jacob owned as Lord,
Shiloh, God and Virgin-born,
Comes to save a world forlorn.

4 Welcome, Savior, kind and true,
I to Thee my prayer renew:
For Thyself prepare a way
And within my heart hold sway.

5 King of glory, enter in,
In my heart Thy rule begin:
Make it, as Thou gladly wilt,
Pure from every sin and guilt.

6 Prince of life, the day draws near
When as Judge Thou wilt appear:
May I then stand at Thy side
As a sinner justified.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #362

Author: Heinrich Held

Held, Heinrich, was son of Valentin Held of Guhrau, Silesia. He studied at the Universities of K√∂nigsberg (c. 1637-40), Frankfurt a. Oder (1643), and Leyden. He was also in residence at Rostock in 1647. He became a licentiate of law, and settled as a lawyer in his native place, where he died about 1659, or at least before Michaelmas, 1661 (Koch, iii. 55-56; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie., xi. 680; Bode, p. 87, &c). One of the best Silesian hymnwriters, he was taught in the school of affliction, having many trials to suffer in those times of war. His only extant poetical work is his Deutscher Gedichte Vortrab, Frankfurt a. Oder, 1643. Only one hymn from that volume came into German use. Much more important are his other hymns, which are k… Go to person page >

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