Before Thy Throne I Now Appear

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1 Before Thy throne I now appear,
O Lord, bow down Thy gracious ear
To me and cast not from Thy face
Thy sinful child that begs for grace.

2 Thou, Father of eternity,
Thine image hast impressed on me.
In Thee I am and live and move
Nor can exist without Thy love.

3 Thou hast redeemed me, Son of God,
Hast shed for me Thy precious blood,
The Law for my sake hast fulfilled,
And thus Thy Father's wrath hast stilled.

4 Thou art my Advocate for aye,
My Savior, Comfort, and my Stay.
Thine all-sufficient merit is
On earth my peace, in heav'n my bliss.

5 God Holy Spirit, Pow'r Divine,
Thou workest in this heart of mine;
Naught can be counted good in me
But what proceeds alone from Thee.

6 Through Thee I now my God adore
And call Him Father evermore;
Through Thee His Word and Sacrament
I love and hold till life is spent.

7 Grant that in peace I close mine eyes,
But on the Last Day bid me rise
And let me see Thy face fore'er--
Amen, Amen, Lord, hear my prayer!

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #564

Author: Bodo von Hodenberg

Hodenberg, Bodo von, was born April 3, 1604. After the conclusion of his university studies he entered the service of the Dukes of Lüneburg. He was for some time tutor to the sons of Duke Georg, and subsequently (1646) chief magistrate and director of the mines at Osterrode in the Harz, for the principality of Grubenhagen. He died Sept. 20, 1650 (Koch, iii. 239; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xii. 537; Bode, p. 91). The only hymn known by him is the beautiful Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiemit. Morning. First published in the New Ordentlich Gesang-Buch, Hannover, 1646, No. 217 (beginning "Für deinen Thron"), in 15 st. of 4 1., introduced by the words, "In the morning, at midday, and in the evening one can sing." In the Lüneburg Gesang-Bu… Go to person page >

Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi

Jacobi, John Christian, a native of Germany, was born in 1670, and appointed Keeper of the Royal German Chapel, St. James's Palace, London, about 1708. He held that post for 42 years, and died Dec. 14, 1750. He was buried in the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. His publications included :— (1) A Collection of Divine Hymns, Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes and Thorough Bass. London: Printed and Sold by J. Young, in St. Paul’s Churchyard; . . . 1720. This edition contains 15 hymns. Two years later this collection, with a few changes in the text and much enlarged, was republished as (2) Psalmodia Germanica; or a Specimen of Divine Hymns. Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes… Go to person page >

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First Line: Before Thy throne I now appear
Title: Before Thy Throne I Now Appear
German Title: Für deinen Thron tret ich hirmit
Author: Bodo von Hodenberg
Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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