We Gather Together

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1 We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
he chastens and hastens his will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

2 Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning:
thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!

3 We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation endure through tribulation:
thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #415

Translator: Theodore Baker

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Author: Anonymous

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First Line: We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing
Title: We Gather Together
Dutch Title: Wilt heden nu treden
Author: Anonymous (1625)
Translator: Theodore Baker
Meter: 12.11.12.11
Source: Netherlands Folk Song; Adrianus Valerius' Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck, 1626
Place of Origin: Netherlands
Language: English

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KREMSER

The tune KREMSER owes its origin to a sixteenth-century Dutch folk song "Ey, wilder den wilt." Later the tune was combined with the Dutch patriotic hymn 'Wilt heden nu treden" in Adrianus Valerius's Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck [sic: Nederlandtsche Gedenckclank] published posthumously in 1626. 'Wilt…

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