Lord of Our Life and God of Our Salvation

Full Text

1 Lord of our life and God of our salvation,
Star of our night and Hope of ev'ry nation:
Hear and receive Your Church's supplication,
Lord God Almighty.

2 See round Your ark the hungry billows curling;
See how Your foes their banners are unfurling.
And with great spite their fiery darts are hurling,
O Lord, preserve us.

3 Lord, be our light when worldly darkness veils us;
Lord, be our shield when earthly armor fails us;
And in the day when hell itself assails us,
Grant us Your peace, Lord:

4 Peace in our hearts, where sinful thoughts are raging,
Peace in Your Church, our troubled souls assuaging,
Peace when the world its endless war is waging,
Peace in Your heaven.

Source: Lutheran Service Book #659

Paraphraser: Philip Pusey

Pusey, Philip, eldest son of Mr. Philip Pusey, and brother of Dr. Pusey, was born June 25, 1799, and died July 9, 1855. His father, a son of the first Viscount Folkestone, had assumed the name of Pusey instead of that of Bouverie. [George Arthur Crawford, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Author: Matthäus Appeles von Löwenstern

Löwenstern, Matthäus Apelles von, was born April 20, 1594, at Neustadt, in the principality of Oppeln, Silesia, where his father was a saddler. He early distinguished himself by his musical abilities, was appointed in 1625, by Duke Heinrich Wenzel of Münsterberg, as his music director and treasurer at Bernstadt: in 1626, director of the princely school at Bernstadt; and in 1631 Rath and Secretary and also Director of finance. Thereafter he entered the service of the Emperors Ferdinand II. (d. 1637), and Ferdinand III. as Rath, and was ennobled by the latter. Fi¬nally he became Staatsrath at Oels to Duke Carl Friedrich of Münsterberg, and died at Breslau, April 11, 1648 (Koch, iii. 57-60 ; Allgemeine Deutsche Biog. xix. 318, &c). Lowen… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord of our life, and God of our salvation
Title: Lord of Our Life and God of Our Salvation
German Title: Christe, du Beistand
Author: Matthäus Appeles von Löwenstern (1644)
Paraphraser: Philip Pusey
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord of our life, and God of our salvation, p. 699, i. In the Life of Edward Bouverie Pusey, by Canon Liddon, this is looked upon as an original English hymn.

"It was at this time that he [Philip Pusey] composed the well-known ‘Hymn of the Church Militant.' . . . ‘It refers,' he writes to his brother, 'to the state of the Church'—that is to say, of the Church of England in 1834—assailed from without, enfeebled and distracted within, but on the eve of a great awakening" (vol. i., 1893, pp. 298, 299).

At p. 699, i., this hymn is described as "rather founded on the German than a translation"; but it bears too much resemblance to the German to be regarded as entirely original. The English Hymnal, 1906, gives the text of 1840, except that in 1840 stanza ii., 1. 3 is "darts of venom" iii., 1. 2 is "when sin itself," and v., 1. 3 is “or, after." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #3950
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Small Church Music #331
  • PDF Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 12 of 12)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #208
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #426
Complete Mission Praise #441
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #439TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #766Text
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #529Text
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #315
Lutheran Service Book #659Text
Lutheran Worship #301Text
Small Church Music #331Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #3950TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #404
Include 170 pre-1979 instances