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Thy sacred word, O Lord, of old

Thy sacred word, O Lord, of old

Author: Olaus Petri
Tune: [O Gud! ditt rike ingen ser]
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Thy sacred Word, O Lord, of old
Was veiled about and darkened,
And in its stead were legends told,
To which the people harkened;
Thy Word, for which the faithful yearned,
The worldlings kept in hiding,
And into human fables turned
Thy truth, the all-abiding.

2 Now thanks and praise be to our Lord,
Who boundless grace bestoweth,
And daily through the sacred Word
His precious gifts forthshoweth.
His Word is come to light again,
A trusty lamp to guide us;
No strange and divers teachings then
Bewilder and divide us.


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #215

Author: Olaus Petri

Olof Persson, sometimes Petersson (January 6, 1493 – April 19, 1552), better known under the Latin form of his name, Olaus Petri (or less commonly, Olavus Petri), was a clergyman, writer, judge and major contributor to the Protestant Reformation in Sweden. See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thy sacred word, O Lord, of old
Author: Olaus Petri



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American Lutheran Hymnal #488

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The Hymnal and Order of Service #215


The Hymnal and Order of Service #215

The Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Text ed. #d607

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