Lord Jesus Christ, Be With Us Now

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1 Lord Jesus Christ, be with us now,
Our hearts in true devotion bow;
Thy Spirit send with light divine,
And let Thy truth within us shine.

2 Unseal our lips to sing Thy praise,
Our inmost thoughts in worship raise;
Endue our faith with strength and light;
To know Thy precious nae aright.

3 Until we join the hosts that cry;
Thrice holy is the Most High,
And dwell with Thee in that blest place
Where we shall see Thee face to face.

4 To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Shall wisdom, honor, glory be,
And praise throughout eternity.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #20

Author: Wilhelm II

Wilhelm (II. or IV.), Duke of Sachse-Weimar, son of Duke Johann of Sachse-Weimar, was born in the castle of Altenburg, April 11, 1598. He studied for some time at the University of Jena, devoting himself especially to music and mathematics. On the outbreak of the Thirty Years War he espoused the cause of Friedrich V. of the Palatinate. At the battle of the Weisse Berg, near Prague, he was severely wounded, and at the battle fought near Stadtlohn, in Westphalia (Aug., 1623), he was at first left for dead, and then taken prisoner by Tilly. In 1625 the Emperor allowed him to go free, and he assumed the government of Weimar. When Gustavus Adolphus came to Germany (1630), Wilhelm did not join him till after the battle of Breitenfeld (Sept., 1631… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord Jesus Christ, be with us now, Our hearts in true devotion bow
Title: Lord Jesus Christ, Be With Us Now
German Title: Herr Jesu Christ, dich uns zu wend
Author: Wilhelm II (1648)
Source: Translation composite
Language: English
Publication Date: 1927
Copyright: Public Domain



Initially Luther used the folk melody associated with his first stanza as the tune for this hymn. Later he composed this new tune for his text. VOM HIMMEL HOCH was first published in Valentin Schumann's Geistliche Lieder in 1539. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used Luther's melody in three places in his wel…

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