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Composer: Johann Gottlieb Wagner
Published in 22 hymnals

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Composer: Johann Gottlieb Wagner

Johann Gottlieb Wagner; organist in Langenoeis, Schlesien, 1742 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Johann Gottlieb Wagner
Incipit: 31343 21233 36711
Key: F Major
Source: J. G. Wagner's Sammlung alter und neuer, 1742


The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord

The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord,
We celebrate with one accord;
It is our comfort in distress,
Our heart's sweet joy and happiness.

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Various forms of GOTTLOB are found in a number of collections of old German melodies. One form of the tune appeared in Johann G. Wagner's Sammlung alter und neuer (1742) with the burial hymn "Gottlob, es geht nunmehr zum Ende" ("Thanks Be to God; My End Is Near Me"). Although only the first line of this variant vaguely resembles the harmonization by Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) in the Psalter Hymnal, some scholars think it is the source for Bach's setting published posthumously in the second edition of his Choralgesangbuch (1769). Other scholars think Bach found another source, and still others think he composed the tune himself. Like many German chorales, this tune is a bar form (AAB). Its superb melody is finely matched by Bach's harmonization, which invites four-part singing. A moderate tempo helps to underline the cheerful hope of this text. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


The Cyber Hymnal #1196
Text: The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #35
Text: O LORD, Arise, Come Help Me Now
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
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  • Bulletin Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 13 of 13)
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Christian Worship #135

Christian Worship #500

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #47

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #329


Glaubenslieder #300

Glaubenslieder #301

Lutheran Service Book #616


Lutheran Service Book #634


Lutheran Worship #107

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #35

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Rejoice in the Lord #114


Small Church Music #2321


The Cyber Hymnal #1196

Include 9 pre-1979 instances
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