Now let us come before him

Now let us come before him

Author: Paul Gerhardt; Translator: John Kelly
Published in 21 hymnals

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1 Now let us come before him,
With song and prayer adore him,
Who to our life has given
All needed strength from heaven.

2 The stream of years is flowing,
And we are onward going,
From old to new surviving
And by his mercy thriving.

3 Our God his own is shielding
And help to them is yielding.
Our work will prosper never
Unless he bless it ever.

4 To all who bow before you
And for your grace implore you,
Grant, Lord, your benediction
And patience in affliction.

5 Be with the sick and ailing,
Their Comforter unfailing;
Dispel their grief and sadness,
And give them joy and gladness!

6 Above all else, Lord, send us
Your Spirit to attend us,
Within our hearts abiding,
To heav'n our footsteps guiding.

Source: Christian Worship (1993): a Lutheran hymnal #74

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Paul Gerhardt (b. Gräfenheinichen, Saxony, Germany, 1607; d. Lubben, Germany, 1676), famous author of Lutheran evangelical hymns, studied theology and hymnody at the University of Wittenberg and then was a tutor in Berlin, where he became friends with Johann Crüger. He served the Lutheran parish of Mittenwalde near Berlin (1651-1657) and the great St. Nicholas' Church in Berlin (1657-1666). Friederich William, the Calvinist elector, had issued an edict that forbade the various Protestant groups to fight each other. Although Gerhardt did not want strife between the churches, he refused to comply with the edict because he thought it opposed the Lutheran "Formula of Concord," which con­demned some Calvinist doctrines. Consequently, he was r… Go to person page >

Translator: John Kelly

Kelly, John, was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, educated at Glasgow University, studied theology at Bonn, New College, Edinburgh, and the Theological College of the English Presbyterian Church (to which body he belongs) in London. He has ministered to congregations at Hebburn-on-Tyne and Streatham, and was Tract Editor of the Religious Tract Society. His translations of Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs were published in 1867. Every piece is given in full, and rendered in the metre of the originals. His Hymns of the Present Century from the German were published in 1886 by the Religious Tract Society. In these translations the metres of the originals have not always been followed, whilst some of the hymns have been abridged and others condens… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now let us come before him
German Title: Nun lasst uns geh'n und treten
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: John Kelly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Christian Worship (1993) #74

Christian Worship #369

Lutheran Worship #184


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