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Most gracious God and Lord, Mankind's almighty Savior

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1 Most gracious God and Lord,
the world's almighty Savior,
worthy to be adored
by all, both now and ever!
Those souls are blessed indeed
who cling to you in faith,
as you for us were laid
low in the dust of death.

2 In you I trust by faith,
my Jesus, God and Savior;
on your atoning death
I shall rely forever.
Your suff'rings shall remain
deep on my heart impressed,
O Son of God and man,
till I with you shall rest.

3 Eternal thanks we sing,
great author of salvation,
who sinful hearts did bring
to heed your invitation.
We are your property.
O may we yours remain;
this is our only plea,
since you for us was slain.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #488

Author: Nicolaus Ludwig, Graf von Zinzendorf

Zinzendorf, Count Nicolaus Ludwig, the founder of the religious community of Herrnhut and the apostle of the United Brethren, was born at Dresden May 26, 1700. It is not often that noble blood and worldly wealth are allied with true piety and missionary zeal. Such, however, was the case with Count Zinzendorf. In 1731 Zinzendorf resigned all public duties and devoted himself to missionary work. He traveled extensively on the Continent, in Great Britain, and in America, preaching "Christ, and him crucified," and organizing societies of Moravian brethren. John Wesley is said to have been under obligation to Zinzendorf for some ideas on singing, organization of classes, and Church government. Zinzendorf was the author of some two thousand hymn… Go to person page >

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First Line: Most gracious God and Lord, Mankind's almighty Savior
Author: Nicolaus Ludwig, Graf von Zinzendorf
Copyright: Public Domain




NUN DANKET, named for the incipit of Rinkart's text, has been associated with this text ever since they were published together by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) in his Praxis Pietatis Melica (1647). Like most modern hymnals, the Psalter Hymnal prints the isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) version. The tune w…

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