Things are the way they are, and not the way they're not
Things go the way they go, and stop the way they stop
Until we make the change, it should not be forgot:
Things are the way they are, and not the way they're not.
NUN DANKET, named for the incipit of Rinkart's text, has been associated with this text ever since they were published together by Johann Crüger (<a href="/hymn/PsH/42#tuneinfo">PHH 42</a>) in his <cite>Praxis Pietatis Melica</cite> (1647). Like most modern hy…