O God, eternal source of love beyond our knowing

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1 O God, eternal source
Of love beyond our knowing,
Who giveth every gift,
Thy boundless grace bestowing:
Grant soundness to our minds
And wholeness to our frame,
And pardon to our souls,
That we may praise thy Name. A-men.

2 O help us to fulfill
On earth our holy calling;
O make us hear thy voice,
And keep our feet from falling.
So may we serve thee here
With all our strength and might,
And may our every deed
Be righteous in thy sight.

3 All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The Son and him who reigns
With them in highest heaven;
The one, eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore,
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.


Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #460

Author: Johann Heermann

Johann Heermann's (b. Raudten, Silesia, Austria, 1585; d. Lissa, Posen [now Poland], 1647) own suffering and family tragedy led him to meditate on Christ's undeserved suffering. The only surviving child of a poor furrier and his wife, Heermann fulfilled his mother's vow at his birth that, if he lived, he would become a pastor. Initially a teacher, Heermann became a minister in the Lutheran Church in Koben in 1611 but had to stop preaching in 1634 due to a severe throat infection. He retired in 1638. Much of his ministry took place during the Thirty Years' War. At times he had to flee for his life and on several occasions lost all his possessions. Although Heermann wrote many of his hymns and poems during these devastating times, his persona… Go to person page >

Translator: Edward T. Horn

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First Line: O God, eternal source of love beyond our knowing
Author: Johann Heermann
Translator: Edward T. Horn
Language: English



Also known as: WAS FRAG ICH NACH DER WELT O GOTT DU FROMMER GOTT Composed by Ahasuerus Fritsch (b. Mücheln on the Geissel, near Merseburg, Germany, 1629; d. Rudolstadt, Germany, 1701), DARMSTADT first appeared in his Himmels-Lust und Welt-Unlust (1679). The melody was altered when it was publishe…

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