O How shall I Receive Thee?

Representative Text

1 O how shall we receive you,
How meet you on your way,
Blest hope of every nation,
Our soul's delight and stay?
O Jesus, Jesus, give us
Now by your own pure light
To know whate'er is pleasing
And welcome in your sight.

2 Your Zion palms is spreading,
And branches fresh and fair;
Our souls, to praise awaking,
An anthem shall prepare.
Unending thanks and praises
From our glad hearts shall spring;
And to your name the service
Of all our powers we bring.

3 Love caused your incarnation,
Love blessed humanity.
Your thirst for our salvation
Procured our liberty.
O love beyond all telling,
That led you to embrace,
In love all love excelling,
Our lost and troubled race.

4 You came, O Lord, with gladness,
In mercy and goodwill,
To bring an end to sadness
And bid our fears be still.
We welcome you, our Savior;
Come, gather us to you,
That in your light eternal
Our joyous home we'll view.


Source: The Worshipbook: Services and Hymns #506

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Paul Gerhardt (b. GraEenhainichen, 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 re… Go to person page >

Translator: Arthur T. Russell

Arthur Tozer Russell was born at Northampton, March 20, 1806. He entered S. John's College, Cambridge, in 1824, took the Hulsean Prize in 1825, and was afterwards elected to a scholarship. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, Priest in 1830, and the same year was appointed Vicar of Caxton. In 1852, he was preferred to the vicarage of Whaddon. In 1863, he removed to S. Thomas', Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, and in 1867, to Holy Trinity, Wellington, Salop. He is the editor and author of numerous publications, among them several volumes of hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O how shall I receive Thee
Title: O How shall I Receive Thee?
German Title: Wie soll ich Dich empfangen
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: Arthur T. Russell (1855)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


ST. THEODULPH (Teschner)

Now often named ST. THEODULPH because of its association with this text, the tune is also known, especially in organ literature, as VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN. It was composed by Melchior Teschner (b. Fraustadt [now Wschowa, Poland], Silesia, 1584; d. Oberpritschen, near Fraustadt, 1635) for "Valet wi…

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