Ye servants of the Lord, who stand

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Ye servants of the Lord, who stand
Within His temple night and day,
To wait and watch for His command,
Oh praise the Lord whom ye obey.

Lift up your hands in praise and prayer,
And thank Him in His holy place;
Let heart and voice alike declare
His wondrous glory and His grace.

And God who earth and heaven hath made,
And holds in being by His power,
Be now from Zion your constant aid,
And richest blessings o'er you shower!

Source: Chorale Book for England, The #88

Author: Ambrose Lobwasser

Lobwasser, Ambrosius, son of Fabian Lobwasser, inspector of mines at Schneeberg, Saxony, was born at Schneeberg, April 4, 1515. After studying law at Leipzig (M.A. 1535) he remained there as University tutor until 1550. After acting as travelling tutor, he was appointed in 1557 Rath and Chancellor at Meissen, and in 1562 made a tour in Italy, and received the degree of LL.D. from the University of Bologna. He was finally appointed in 1563 by Duke Albrecht of Prussia as professor of law and assessor at the High Court of Justice at K√∂nigsberg. He died at K√∂nigsberg Nov. 27, 1585 (Koch, ii. 394-401, &c). His principal poetical work was his version of the Psalter. One has passed into English in recent times, viz: Ihr Knecht des Herren all… Go to person page >

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ye servants of the Lord, who stand
German Title: Ihr Knecht' des Herren allegleich
Author: Ambrose Lobwasser (1573)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Language: English


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Chorale Book for England, The #88

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