Thou who art Three in Unity

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1 Thou who art Three in Unity,
True God from all eternity,
The sun is fading from our sight,
Be Thou our sun both day and night.

2 We praise Thee with the dawning day,
To Thee at even also pray;
With our poor song we worship Thee
Now and thro' all eternity.

3 Let God the Father be adored,
And God the Son the only Lord,
And equal adoration be,
Eternal Comforter, to Thee.


Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #476

Translator (into German): Martin Luther

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 >

Translator (into English): Richard Massie

Massie, Richard, eldest son of the Rev. R. Massie, of Goddington, Cheshire, and Rector of Eccleston, was born at Chester, June 18, 1800, and resides at Pulford Hall, Coddington. Mr. Massie published a translation of Martin Luther’s Spiritual Songs, London, 1854. His Lyra Domestica, 1st series, London, 1860, contains translations of the 1st Series of Spitta's Psalter und Harfe. In 1864 he published vol. ii., containing translations of Spitta's 2nd Series, together with an Appendix of translations of German hymns by various authors. He also contributed many translations of German hymns to Mercer's Church Psalter & Hymn Book; to Reid's British Herald; to the Day of Rest, &c. He died Mar. 11,1887. -- John Julian, Di… Go to person page >

Author: St. Ambrose

Ambrosius (St. Ambrose), second son and third child of Ambrosius, Prefect of the Gauls, was born at Lyons, Aries, or Treves--probably the last--in 340 A.D. On the death of his father in 353 his mother removed to Rome with her three children. Ambrose went through the usual course of education, attaining considerable proficiency in Greek; and then entered the profession which his elder brother Satyrus had chosen, that of the law. In this he so distinguished himself that, after practising in the court of Probus, the Praetorian Prefect of Italy, he was, in 374, appointed Consular of Liguria and Aemilia. This office necessitated his residence in Milan. Not many months after, Auxentius, bishop of Milan, who had joined the Arian party, died; and m… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thou who art Three in Unity
German Title: Der du bist drei in Einigkeit
Translator (into German): Martin Luther
Translator (into English): Richard Massie
Author: St. Ambrose
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Also known as: ST. PHILIPS BENEDICTION GRANTON NAZARETH MELCOMBE was first used as an anonymous chant tune (with figured bass) in the Roman Catholic Mass and was published in 1782 in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant. It was first ascribed to Samuel Webbe (the elder; b. London, England, 1740; d. Lo…

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This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book with Tunes #d464
Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #131TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #266TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #112TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #112TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d341
Hymn Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Schools and Congregations #d113
Hymn Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran schools and congregations #42TextPage Scan
Hymnal for Evangelical Lutheran Missions #76Page Scan
Hymns of the Evangelical Lutheran Church: for the use of English Lutheran Missions #15TextPage Scan
The Selah Song Book (Das Sela Gesangbuch) #d722
The Selah Song Book. Word ed. #d377
Wartburg Hymnal: for church, school and home #67TextPage Scan
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