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Savior of sinners, now revive us

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1 Savior of sinners, now revive us
With Thy free mercy from above;
Friend of the sinful and the weary,
Turn unto us Thy heart of love!
O come,Thy sweet compassion showing,
On our poor souls Thy grace bestowing.

2 O Thou, our only hope and helper;
The Wonderful is still Thy name,
Who come to Thee in every sorrow
Shall ever find Thy love the same,
Thy grace and mercy never failing,
O'er every foe Thy might prevailing.

3 Thou knowest how poor mortals wander
In error's shade, deceived and blind;
Come, Lord, and graciously enlighten
The darkness of our heart and mind.
Thy glory every truth revealing,
Which sin and Satan are concealing.

4 Father, our misery thou knowest,
Our joy, our peace, our glory gone.
The message of Thy mercy send us,
The precious gospel of Thy Son.
Then life shall change to peace and blessing,
In Christ our Lord our good possessing.

Source: The Lutheran Hymnary #171

Author: Ludwig Andreas Gotter

Gotter, Ludwig Andreas, son of Johann Christian Gotter, Court preacher and Superintendent at Gotha, was born at Gotha, May 26, 1661. He was at first privy secretary and then Hofrath at Gotha, where he died Sept. 19, 1735. He was a pious, spiritually-minded man, with tendencies towards Pietism; and one of the best hymnwriters of the period. Of his printed hymns the earliest appeared in the Geistliches Gesang-Buch, Halle, 1697. Of the 23 included in Freylinghausen's Geistleiches Gesang-Buch, 1704, and Neues, 1714, seven have been translated into English, besides his version of J. W. Petersen's "Salve, crux beata, salve (q. v.). J. C. Wetzel, who had become acquainted with him during a visit Gotter made to Römhild in 1733, mentions a complete… Go to person page >

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First Line: Savior of sinners, now revive us
Author: Ludwig Andreas Gotter


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