Lord, open thou both heart and ear

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1 Lord, open Thou both heart and ear,
That I Thy precious Word may hear;
Let me Thy Word preserve with care,
And make Thou me Thy child and heir.

2 Thy Word can move the inmost heart,
To soul and body health impart,
Sweet comfort lend in all my woe
And grace and peace on me bestow.

3 To Thee, O Triune God, alone,
Who sittest on Thy heav'nly throne,
Shall honor, praise and glory be
By all throughout eternity.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #10

Author: Johannes G. Olearius

Olearius, Johannes, son of Johann Olearius, pastor of St. Mary's Church and superintendent at Halle, was born at Halle, Sept. 17, (N.S.) 1611. He entered the University of Wittenberg in 1629 (M.A. 1632, D.D. 1643], where he became lecturer, and, in 1635, adjunct of the philosophical faculty. In 1637 he became Superintendent at Querfurt; and, in 1643, was appointed by Duke August of Sachsen-Weissenfels as his chief court preacher, and private chaplain at Halle, where he became in 1657 Kirchenrath, and in 1664 General Superintendent. When, on the death of Duke August in 1680, the administration of Magdeburg fell to the Elector of Brandenburg, Duke Johann Adolf gave Olearius similar appointments at Weissenfels, which he held till his death on… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, open thou both heart and ear
Author: Johannes G. Olearius



This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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American Lutheran Hymnal #10

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