Vain foolish men profanely boast

Vain foolish men profanely boast

Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi; Author: Martin Luther
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Vain foolish Men profanely boast
Of God and true Religion:
Their faithless Hearts are full of Lust,
Their Life's a Contradiction:
Corrupted is their very Frame;
God's Holiness abhors the same;
There's None doth Good, but Evil.

II. The Lord, from his coelestial Throne,
Look'd down on evr'y Creature,
To find one Man who had begun
To love God's holy Nature;
But ll the Race was gone astray,
All had forsook the saving Way
Of CHRIST'S bright Revelation.

III. How long will they be ignorant
Of their Abomination,
Who thus despise my Covenant,
Nor spare my Holy Nation?
They never call upon the Lord,
But trust unto their golden Hoard,
And turn their own Defenders.

IV. Yet are their Hearts in constant Pain,
And secret Fear and Trembling.
God with his SION will remain,
Where Saints are still assembling:
But you deride the Poors' Advice,
Their greatest Comfort you despise,
That God's their only Refuge.

V. O, that the joyful Day wou'd come,
To change our mournful Station,
When God will bring his Children home,
And finish our Salvation!
Then shall the Tribes of JACOB sing,
And JUDAH praise their Lord and King,
With lasting HALLELUJAHS.

Source: Psalmodia Germanica: or, The German Psalmody: translated from the high Dutch together with their proper tunes and thorough bass (2nd ed., corr. and enl.) #84

Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi

Jacobi, John Christian, a native of Germany, was born in 1670, and appointed Keeper of the Royal German Chapel, St. James's Palace, London, about 1708. He held that post for 42 years, and died Dec. 14, 1750. He was buried in the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. His publications included :— (1) A Collection of Divine Hymns, Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes and Thorough Bass. London: Printed and Sold by J. Young, in St. Paul’s Churchyard; . . . 1720. This edition contains 15 hymns. Two years later this collection, with a few changes in the text and much enlarged, was republished as (2) Psalmodia Germanica; or a Specimen of Divine Hymns. Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes… Go to person page >

Author: 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 >

Text Information

First Line: Vain foolish men profanely boast
German Title: Et spricht der Unweisen Mund wol
Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi
Author: Martin Luther
Language: English



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