1 O God, whom we as Father know,
Within these courts Thy presence show;
Reveal Thy name immortal.
How wondrous pleasant is this place,
For here we find the God of grace,
And here is heaven's portal!
So now come Thou,
Make us winners
O Thou God of all creation!
2 Lord Jesus, Son of God, to Thee
This house shall consecrated be;
Behold it, then, with pleasure.
Let here Thy living Word resound
And blessings manifold abound--
Peace, joy in fullest measure.
Grant, Lord, concord,
Rule, O Savior,
May we lose all fear distressing.
3 O Holy Spirit, precious Light,
Pray turn to us Thy visage bright,
That we may shine in splendor.
Thy holy fire on us descend
And warm our hearts to this good end,
That service true we render.
Thro' Thee may we,
Be to noble deeds incited.
4 Thou Triune God, thanks, honor, praise
To Thee be sung in tuneful lays
Within this sacred dwelling.
We prize it as a gift divine
And dedicate to Thee this shrine,
Who art in grace excelling.
To Thee sing we
God most holy,
While we wander,
Till we reach Thy house up yonder.
Knapp, Albert, was born July 25, 1798, at Tübingen, where his father (1800, Oberanitmann at Alpirsbach in the Black Forest, and 1809, Oberamtraann at Rottweil) was then advocate at the Court of Appeal. In the autumn of 1814 he entered the Theological Seminary at Maulbronn, and in 1816 the Theological College at Tübingen, where he also graduated M.A. at the University. In November, 1820, he became assistant clergyman at Feuerbach, near Stuttgart; and in July, 1821, at Gaisburg, near Stuttgart. He was appointed, in Feb., 1825, diaconus (Heifer) at Sulz on the Neckar, and also pastor of the neighbouring village of Holzhausen; in June, 1831, archidiaconus at Kirchheim-unter-Teck, along with Bahnmaier (q.v.); in May, 1836, diaconus of the Hosp… Go to person page >
Adapting a tune written for Psalm 100 found in Wolff Köphel's Psalter (1538), Nicolai composed WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, which was published with the text in 1599. Although the tune was originally more varied rhythmically, the hymnal version here is isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) and set to the rich ha…