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Why, Herod, unrelenting foe

Why, Herod, unrelenting foe

Author: Martin Luther
Published in 7 hymnals

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1 Why, Herod, unrelenting foe!
Doth Christ the Lord’s birth move thee so?
He doth no earthly kingdom crave;
Who unto us heav'n's kingdom gave.

2 The star before the wise men goes,
This light to them the true Light shows;
They, by the three gifts which they bring,
Declare this Child: God, Man, and King.

3 He was baptized in Jordan's flood,
The holy, heavenly Lamb of God,
And He, who did no sin, thereby
Cleansed us from all iniquity!

4 And now a miracle is done:
Six water pots are there of stone,
Christ speaks the word with power divine--
The water changes into wine.

5 All honor, praise to Thee be paid,
O Christ, born of the virgin maid,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Till time in endless time be lost.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #53

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 >

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Author: Martin Luther



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