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

Johannes Olearius (b. Halle, Germany, 1611; d. Weissenfels, Germany, 1684) Born into a family of Lutheran theologians, Olearius received his education at the University of Wittenberg and later taught theology there. He was ordained a Lutheran pastor and appointed court preacher to Duke August of Sachsen-Weissenfels in Halle and later to Duke Johann Adolph in Weissenfels. Olearius wrote a commentary on the entire Bible, published various devotional books, and produced a translation of the Imitatio Christi by Thomas a Kempis. In the history of church music Olearius is mainly remembered for his hymn collection, which was widely used in Lutheran churches. Bert Polman… 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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