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To thee, most holy Lord

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1 To you, most holy Lord,
we sing with hearts and voices;
in you, with one accord,
your church on earth rejoices!
We bend before your throne,
and humbly chant your praise;
we worship you alone,
whose love has crowned our days.

2 On this, our festal day,
your people here adore you;
we come to sing and pray
and lay our gifts before you.
Your hand has helped us on
through ev'ry passing year;
now, Father, Spirit, Son,
our grateful praises hear!

3 “Go forth in all the earth,” —
your word to us is given:
“Proclaim salvation’s worth
to people under heaven.”
This holy task, O Lord,
your church must quite fulfill;
to us your grace afford,
and mold us to your will.

4 Your faithful servants bless
in all earth's varied places;
your name they all confess
among earth’s many races,
until that day shall come
when multitudes untold
shall find their glorious home
in heav'n’s eternal fold!

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #633

Author: M. F. Oerter

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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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