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Smite us not in anger, Lord

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1 Smite us not in anger, Lord,
But in mercy spare us,
Save us from our just reward,
In Thy pity hear us.
Though our sin,
Great hath been,
Let Christ's intercession
Cover our transgression.

2 Strengthen us in love, O Lord,
Gently as a Father;
When Thou dost Thy help afford
All our fears are over.
Weak indeed,
We have need
That Thy love correct us,
And thy grace protect us.

3 Glorious God, Thy Name we praise;
Father, Son and Spirit;
Now and through eternal days,
As Thy mercies merit,
Glory be
Unto Thee
Who hast pity on us,
And with love hast won us.


Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #313

Translator: John C. Mattes

Born: November 8, 1876, Easton, Pennsylvania. Died: January 27, 1948. Educated at the Theological Seminary at Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mattes pastored in Trenton, New Jersey (1901-15), and Scranton, Pennsylvania (1915-38), and was a professor of theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa (1939-48). Translations: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming O Spirit of Life Go to person page >

Author: Johann Georg Albinus

Albinus, Johann Georg eldest s. of Zacharias Albinus, pastor at Unter-Nessa, near Weissenfels, Saxony, 1621-1633, and at Stuhlburgwerben, 1633-1635, was b. at UnterNessa, March 6, 1624. After his father's death, in 1635, he was, in 1638, adopted by his cousin, Lucas Pollio, diaconus at St Nicholas's Church in Leipzig. After his cousin's death, in 1643, the Court preacher, Sebastian Mitternacht, of Naumburg, took an interest in him, and he remained at Naumburg till he entered the University of Leipzig, in 1645. He studied for eight years at Leipzig, during which time ho acted as house tutor to the Burgomaster, Dr. Friedrich Kuhlwein, and was then, in 1653, appointed Eector of the Cathedral School at Naumburg. This post he resigned when, in… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Smite us not in anger, Lord
German Title: Straf nich nicht in deinem Zorn
Author: Johann Georg Albinus
Translator: John C. Mattes
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #313

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