To thee, eternal God, Our fervent thanks

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1 To Thee, eternal God,
Our fervent thanks we render
For all Thy boundless love
And for Thy mercies tender.
Thy servant Thou hast blessed
Thro' many fruitful years,
That he may reap in joy
Where he has sown in tears!

2 Thou hast preserved his health,
His strength has not been waning;
His mind is still alert,
Each day new vision gaining.
Thy hand has shielded him
And kept him free from harm;
In weakness he has leaned
On Thy sustaining arm.

3 Thou hast vouchsafed to him
Thy Spirit's gift for preaching
And talents such as he
Most needed in his teaching;
Hast filled his heart with love
For sinners gone astray
And hope for better things,
That ne'er shall pass away.

4 O God, continue Thou
To send Thy show'rs of blessing
Upon Thy servant true,
That he, Thy grace possessing,
May flourish like a tree
Beside the waters pure
And yield much precious fruit
That shall for aye endure.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #531

Author: Herman H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

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First Line: To thee, eternal God, Our fervent thanks
Author: Herman H. Brueckner



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 (PHH 42) in his Praxis Pietatis Melica (1647). Like most modern hymnals, the Psalter Hymnal prints the isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) version. The tune w…

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