1 O LORD, look down from heav'n, behold,
and let your pity waken;
how few are we within your fold,
your saints by all forsaken.
True faith seems quenched on ev'ry hand,
your Word is not allowed to stand;
dark times have us o'ertaken.
2 O God, root out all heresy,
and of false teachers rid us
who proudly say, "Now where is he
who shall our speech forbid us?
By right or might we shall prevail,
what we determine cannot fail;
we want no lord and master!"
3 Therefore said God, "I must arise,
the poor my help are needing;
to me ascend my people's cries,
and I have heard their pleading.
For them my saving Word shall fight
and fearlessly and sharply smite,
the poor with might defending."
4 Defend your truth, O God, and stay
this evil generation,
and from the error of its way
keep your own congregation.
The wicked ev'rywhere abound
and would your little flock confound,
but you are our salvation!
Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody.
i. Hymn Books.
1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >
Display Title: O Lord, Look Down from HeavenFirst Line: O Lord, look down from heav'n, beholdTune Title: ACH GOTT, VOM HIMMEL SIEH DAREINAuthor: Martin Luther, 1483-1546Meter: 87 87 887Date: 1993Subject: Reformation |Source: Translation The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941, alt.
Display Title: O LORD, Look Down from HeavenFirst Line: O LORD, look down from heav'n, beholdTune Title: ACH GOTT, VOM HIMMEL SIEH DAREINAuthor: Martin LutherMeter: 87 87 887Scripture: Psalm 12Date: 2021Subject: Deliverance | ; Gpd as Truth | ; Help | ; Lies | ; Lord's Prayer | 1st Petition (Hallowed by your name); Pain | ; Prayer | ; Ten Commandments | 8th Commandment (You shall not give false witness); Word |Source: Tr.: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, alt.
Display Title: O Lord, Look Down from Heaven, BeholdFirst Line: O Lord, look down from Heaven, beholdTune Title: ACH GOTT VOM HIMMELAuthor: M. Luther, 1483-1546Meter: 87 87 887Scripture: Psalm 12Date: 1996Subject: Beware False Prophets | ; Trinity 8 |Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941 (tr.)