Now Thank We All Our God

Full Text

1 Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers' arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

2 O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us,
to keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
of this world in the next.

3 All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son and Spirit blest,
who reign in highest heaven
the one eternal God,
whom heaven and earth adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

Psalter Hymnal (Gray), 1987

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 >

Author: Martin Rinckart

Rinkart, Martin, son of Georg Rinkart or Rinckart, cooper at Eilenburg on the Mulde, Saxony, was born at Eilenburg, April 23, 1586.* After passing through the Latin school at Eilenburg, he became, in Nov., 1601, a foundation scholar and chorister of the St. Thomas's School at Leipzig. This scholarship also allowed him to proceed to the University of Leipzig, where he matriculated for the summer session of 1602, as a student of Theology; and after the completion of his course he remained for some time in Leipzig (he did not take his M.A. till 1616). In March 1610 he offered himself as a candidate for the post of diaconus at Eilenburg, and was presented by the Town Council, but the Superintendent refused to sanction this arrangement, nominal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now thank we all our God With heart and hands and voices
Title: Now Thank We All Our God
German Title: Nun danket alle Gott
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Author: Martin Rinckart (1636)


Martin Rinkart (1586-1649) was the Bishop of Eilenberg, Germany during the Thirty Years' War. Since Eilenberg was a walled city it became a place of refuge for fugitives of the war, and also a place of famine and disease due to overcrowding. In 1637 at the height of their misery, Rinkart was the only clergyman left in the city who could perform the 40 or 50 necessary burial services daily -- one of which was for his wife. As if that weren't enough, the city was sacked three times by invaders, one of which imposed a large tribute payment upon the people. During this time, Rinkart managed to find the time to write 7 dramas and 66 hymns.

The hymn "Nun danket alle Gott" was originally titled "Tisch-Gebetlein," or a "little prayer before the meal." This humble prayer of thanksgiving is laid out simply and beautifully in the first verse, but it's the next two verses that expand the hymn's focus and have given it its lasting appeal. You can see the Thirty Years' War pressing on his mind in verse two:

And keep us in His grace,
And guide us when perplexed,
And free us from all ills
In this world and the next.

After a verse of thanks, and a verse that asks for strength during the trials of life, he ends with a paraphrase of the doxology as if to say, "The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, may the name of the Lord be praised." --Greg Scheer, 1995



NUN DANKET, named for the incipit of Rinkart's text, has been associated with this text ever since they were published together by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) in his Praxis Pietatis Melica (1647). Like most modern hymnals, the Psalter Hymnal prints the isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) version. The tune w…

Go to tune page >



General Settings
Stanza Selection
Voice Selection
Text size:
Music size:
Transpose (Half Steps):
Contacting server...
Contacting server...

Questions? Check out the FAQ
This is a preview of your FlexScore.
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #638
The Cyber Hymnal #4648
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #454
Timeless Truths #310
The United Methodist Hymnal #102
Worship and Rejoice #14


Instances (1 - 88 of 88)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #35
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #145
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #739aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #739bText
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #638TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #639Text
Catholic Book of Worship III #535
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #371TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #715TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #758
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #610Text
Church Family Worship #199
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #361
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #182TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #813TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #399TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #530Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #484
Complete Mission Praise #486
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #63TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #839TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #840TextPage Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #636Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #565TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #545Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #643Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #396TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #397Text
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #205
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #566a
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #566b
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #566c
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #283
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #33aText
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #33bText
Hymns of Faith #544TextPage Scan
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #28
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #60
Hymns of Truth & Light #27
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #532a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #532b
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #354
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #488
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #543TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #895TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #443Text
Moravian Book of Worship #533TextPage Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #532Page Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #36
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #555TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #454Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #557
Rejoice in the Lord #61TextPage Scan
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #54
Sing Joyfully #592TextPage Scan
Sing With Me #230TextPage Scan
Sing! A New Creation #228TextAudioPage Scan
Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #191TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #81a
Singing the Faith #81b
Small Church Music #144Audio
Small Church Music #145Audio
Songs for Life #33Text
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #788TextPage Scan
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #31
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #833
The Cyber Hymnal #4648TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #556TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #419TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #413
The United Methodist Hymnal #102TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #789TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #251
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #252
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #253Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #254Text
The Worshiping Church #334TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #374TextFlexScorePage Scan
Timeless Truths #310TextScore
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #106a
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #106b
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #98TextFlexScorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #236TextPage Scan
Worship (4th ed.) #604
Worship and Rejoice #14TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #51TextAudio
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #560
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #23Text
Include 491 pre-1979 instances