We praise and bless thee, gracious Lord

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1 We praise and bless Thee, Gracious Lord,
Our Saviour kind and true,
For all the old things passed away,
For all Thou hast made new.

2 But yet how much must be destroyed,
How much renewed must be,
Ere we can fully stand complete
In likeness, Lord, to Thee!

3 Thou, only Thou must carry on
The work Thou hast begun;
Of Thine own strength Thou must impart,
In Thine own ways to run.

4 Ah, leave us not! from day to day
Revive, restore again;
Our feeble steps do thou direct,
Our enemies restrain.

5 So shall we faultless stand at last
Before Thy Father's throne;
The blessedness for ever ours,
The glory all Thine own!

Amen.

Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #268

Author: Karl Johann Philipp Spitta

Spitta, Carl Johann Philipp, D.D., was born Aug. 1, 1801, at Hannover, where his father, Lebrecht Wilhelm Gottfried Spitta, was then living, as bookkeeper and teacher of the French language. In his eleventh year Spitta fell into a severe illness, which lasted for four years, and so threw him back that his mother (the father died in 1805) abandoned the idea of a professional career, and apprenticed him to a watchmaker. This occupation did not prove at all congenial to him, but he would not confess his dislike, and his family were ignorant of it till an old friend, who was trying to comfort him after the death of a younger brother, discovered his true feelings. The younger brother had been preparing for ordination, and so Carl was now invited… Go to person page >

Translator: Jane Borthwick

Miss Jane Borthwick, the translator of this hymn and many others, is of Scottish family. Her sister (Mrs. Eric Findlater) and herself edited "Hymns from the Land of Luther" (1854). She also wrote "Thoughts for Thoughtful Hours (1859), and has contributed numerous poetical pieces to the "Family Treasury," under the signature "H.L.L." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We praise and bless thee, gracious Lord
German Title: O treuer Heiland Jesu Christ
Author: Karl Johann Philipp Spitta
Translator: Jane Borthwick
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

SOUTHAMPTON (Chetham)


ST. STEPHEN (Jones)


AZMON

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) adapted AZMON from a melody composed by Carl G. Gläser in 1828. Mason published a duple-meter version in his Modern Psalmist (1839) but changed it to triple meter in his later publications. Mason used (often obscure) biblical names for his tune titles; Azmon, a city south of C…

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A Selection of Hymns: designed as a supplement to the "psalms and hymns" of the Presbyterian church #201Page Scan
Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #441Page Scan
Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #441TextPage Scan
Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #268TextPage Scan
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d298
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #288Page Scan
Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #323Tune InfoAudioPage Scan
Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #424Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families #d170
Hymns for Schools and Families #191Page Scan
Hymns for the Church on Earth: being three hundred and sixty-six hymns and spiritual songs. (For the most part of modern date.) (New Ed.) #279Page Scan
Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #468Page Scan
Hymns from the Land of Luther, Translated from the German #d69
Hymns of the Spirit #417Page Scan
Hymns of Worship: designed for use especially in the lecture room, the prayer meeting and the family #355Page Scan
National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #208Page Scan
Songs for the Lord's House #d505
Sunday School Hymnal #d432
The Book of Worship #361Page Scan
The Gospel Hymnal #d279
The Hymns for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations #d518
The Lutheran Hymnary #386TextPage Scan
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #266cPage Scan
The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d1153



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