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Lord Jesus Christ, Our Lord Most Dear

Representative Text

1 Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord most dear,
as thou wast once an infant here,
so give this child of thine, we pray,
thy grace and blessing day by day.

Refrain:
O holy Jesus, Lord divine,
we pray thee guard this child of thine.

2 As in thy heav'nly kingdom, Lord,
all things obey thy sacred word,
do thou thy mighty succor give,
and shield this child by morn and eve. [Refrain]

3 Their watch let angels round him keep,
where'er he be, awake, asleep;
thy saving grace on him bestow,
that he in thee may live and grow. [Refrain]


Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #189

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Author: Heinrich von Laufenberg

Heinrich of Laufenburg was a native of Laufenburg, Aargau, Switzerland, The earliest notice of him is that in 1434 he was decan of the Collegiate Church of St. Maurice at Zofingen in Aargau. He afterwards held a similar post at Freiburg, in Baden; but in 1445 became a monk in the monastery of the Knights of St. John at Strassburg ("Zum grunen Werde"). He was living there in 1458, but probably died in that year or soon after (Koch, i. 213-214; Allgemine Deutsche Biographie, xix. 810-813, &c). He was the most important and most prolific hymn-writer of the 15th century, and a number of his productions are of sweetness and abiding worth. Most of them are in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many are in intricate metres, while others are writt… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord most dear
Title: Lord Jesus Christ, Our Lord Most Dear
German Title: Ach lieber Herre Jesu Christ
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Author: Heinrich von Laufenberg (1429)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O holy Jesus, Lord divine
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

VOM HIMMEL HOCH

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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ST. CHRYSOSTOM (Barnby)


ST. CATHERINE (Hemy)


Timeline

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The Cyber Hymnal #5012
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The Cyber Hymnal #5012

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #496

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #410

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #189

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