Welcome God's And Mary's Son

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1. Welcome God’s and Mary’s Son
Jesu, who to earth descending,
Didst our nature with Thine own
Join in union never ending:
Save us from th’oppressor’s rod,
Oh our Brother and our God!

2. All was lost in Adam’s fall;
All in Thee is now recovered.
Once to sin and death a thrall,
O’er the pit of hell I hovered:
Now I learn to cling to Thee—
Once with Adam, one with me.

3. Out of Heav’n didst Thou come down;
Out of hell my soul deliver.
Scarce a stall in David’s town,
Welcomed Thee; but, gracious Giver,
Grant to us beyond the sky,
Each a starry home on high.

4. Cleaves my soul to dross and dust;
Help me, Lord, I sink and perish;
Purge my heart of earthly lust,
Life divine within me cherish;
Dweller in the manger, Thou,
Dwell Thyself within me now.

5. Scant and mean the swaddling clothes,
Limbs divine, like Thine, to cover!
Be the sin my spirit loathes
Bound in them and covered over:
But myself be clothed in Thee,
Jesu, by Thy Spirit free.

6. Ah! the pain that came to Thee,
In the hard and narrow manger!
May my spirit cradled be
In Thy heart, secure from danger,
When my weary head is hid
Underneath the coffin lid.

7. Is it still the devil’s lust
Souls of men in sin to smother?
Yet in this I put my trust—
God became my Friend and Brother!
Heart and mind in Thee to dwell,
Help me, mine Immanuel!

Translator (from German): Milo Mahan, 1819-1870

Born: May 24, 1819, Suffolk, Virginia. Died: September 3, 1870. Mahan, an Episcopal priest, was the St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the General Theological Seminary, New York. His works include: A Church History of the First Three Centuries (New York: Daniel Dana, Jr., 1860) http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/m/a/h/mahan_m.htm  Go to person page >

Author: Caspar Neumann, 1648-1715

Neumann, Caspar, son of Martin Neumann, city tax-collector at Breslau, was born at Breslau, Sept. 14,1648. He entered the Unversity of Jena in Sept. 1667, graduated M.A. in August 1670, and was for some time one of the University lecturers. On Nov. 30, 1673, he was ordained at the request of Duke Ernst of Gotha as travelling chaplain to his son, Prince Christian, whom he accompanied through Western Germany, Switzerland, Northern Italy, and Southern France; returning to Gotha in 1675. In 1676 he became court preacher at Altenburg, but in Dec. 1678 was appointed diaconus of the St. Mary Magdalene Church at Breslau, and pastor there in 1689. Finally, in Feb. 1697 he became pastor of St. Elizabeth's at Breslau, inspector of the churches and sch… Go to person page >

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First Line: Welcome God's and Mary's Son
Title: Welcome God's And Mary's Son
German Title: Gottes und Marien Sohn
Translator (from German): Milo Mahan, 1819-1870
Author: Caspar Neumann, 1648-1715
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



First published in Johann Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica (1653) without attribution, JESUS, MEINE ZUVERSICHT was credited to Crüger (PHH 42) in the 1668 edition of that hymnal. (The later isorhythmic RATISBON is related to this tune; see 34.) JESUS, MEINE ZUVERSICHT is named for its association w…

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