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O That Thou Wouldst Rend The Heavens

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1 O that Thou wouldst rend the heavens!
Thus the fathers cried with might,
That He, Messiah, might come quickly,
To deliver them from sin's dark night.

2 And He came, their wish fulfilling;
Humble was His birth and low;
His righteousness like dew was falling,
And our dying hearts were set aglow.

3 O that Thou wouldst rend the heavens!
Come, O come, Thou God and Lord
According to Thy gracious promise
As we find it in Thy precious Word:

4 For where two or three are gathered,
Meeting in My holy name,
There I Myself am their companion,
There in mercy ever am the same.

5 O that Thou wouldst rend the heavens!
Come, O come, our gracious Lord,
And when our breath forsakes this body,
Let Thy love the surest help afford.

6 Take the soul to glory with Thee,
Let the body rest in peace;
To Thee alone we would commend us,
Let Thy mercy toward us never cease.

7 O that Thou wouldst rend the heavens!
Hear, and quickly help afford;
Let all our supplications reach Thee,
For we trust in Thee, our faithful Lord.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #332

Translator: J. Kucharik

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Translator: Paul E. Kretzmann

Professor Paul E. Kretzman led a group of Lutherans who left church fellowship with some Lutheran congregations in 1956 after he was charged with teaching error in class. He and his followers organized the Lutheran Churches of the Reformation. He wrote several Bible Commentaries and translated many hymns. NN, Hymnary from Go to person page >

Author: Jiří Tranovský

Jiří Třanovský (Polish: Jerzy Trzanowski, Slovak: Juraj Tranovský, Latin: Georgius Tranoscius) (9 April 1592, Teschen, Silesia – 29 May 1637, Liptovský Sv. Mikuláš, Upper Hungary), was a hymnwriter from the Cieszyn Silesia. He was sometimes called the father of Slovak hymnody and the "Luther of the Slavs." His name is sometimes anglicized to George. Třanovský was born in Teschen, and studied at Guben and Kolberg. In 1607, he was admitted to the University of Wittenberg where Martin Luther had taught less than a century earlier. He traveled in Bohemia and Silesia in 1612 and became a teacher at St. Nicholas Gymnasium in Prague. Later, he became rector of a school in Holešov, Moravia. In 1616 he was ordained a priest in Meziř… Go to person page >

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First Line: O that thou wouldst rend the heavens
Title: O That Thou Wouldst Rend The Heavens
Author: Jiří Tranovský
Translator: J. Kucharik
Translator: Paul E. Kretzmann
Language: English


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American Lutheran Hymnal #332

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