Dearest Jesus, we are here, To be in thy word instructed

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I. Dearest Jesu, we are here,
To be in thy word instructed;
Guide our Hearts, O Thou, who'rt near;
Let our Minds hence be conducted
And from Earth be elevated;
Where we wish to be translated.

II. All our Knowledge, brings no Light
But is vain and dark by Nature,
Till thy holy Spirit bright
Forms within us the New Creature.
Pious Thoughts and true Devotion
Have their Source from thy blest Motion.

III. O Thou Glory all Divine,
Light of Light from God proceeding,
All our Hearts and Minds refine,
When thy Word our Souls is feeding.
Let our Pray'r, and Meditation,
Be a sweet and blest Oblation.

Source: Psalmodia Germanica: or, The German Psalmody: translated from the high Dutch together with their proper tunes and thorough bass (2nd ed., corr. and enl.) #72

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 >

Author: Tobias Clausnitzer

Clausnitzer, Tobias, born at Thum, near Annaberg, in Saxony, probably on Feb. 5,1619. After studying at various Universities, and finally at Leipzig (where he graduated M.A. in 1643), he was appointed, in 1644, chaplain to a Swedish regiment. In that capacity he preached the thanksgiving sermon in St. Thomas's Church, Leipzig, on "Reminiscere" Sunday, 1645 (ii. Sunday in Lent) on the accession of Christina as Queen of Sweden; as also the thanksgiving sermon at the field service held by command of General Wrangel, at Weiden, in the Upper Palatine, on January 1, 1649, after the conclusion of the Peace of Westphalia. In 1649 he was appointed first pastor at Weiden, and remained there (being also appointed later a member of the Consistory, and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Dearest Jesus, we are here, To be in thy word instructed
German Title: Liebster Jesu wir sind hier
Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi
Author: Tobias Clausnitzer
Language: English